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Benefit fraud cases

Selection of coins and banknotesTwo people have been convicted of benefit fraud and sentenced to a total of 230 hours of community service.


The cases were brought by Scarborough Borough Council after investigation by counter-fraud teams from the council and the Department for Work and Pensions.


Appearing at Scarborough Magistrates’ Court on 26 October, Richard Scotter, 64, of Victoria Road, pleaded guilty to three charges of dishonesty for failing to declare work and a works pension between June 2010 and April 2011.


He was paid £4096.80 in housing benefit, council tax benefit and pension credit. The court heard he had repaid the council in full and is repaying the Department for Work and Pensions at a weekly rate.


Scotter was ordered to undertake 80 hours of community service and pay £50 costs to the council.


On the same day in court, Susan Dewhirst, of Westwood Gardens, admitted making a false statement to both agencies in 2011.


Dewhirst, 65, deliberately concealed ownership of a property and was paid £4791.72 in housing benefit, council tax benefit and pension credit.    


Magistrates sentenced Dewhirst to 150 hours of community service and ordered her to pay compensation of £2480 with £150 costs to the council.


Council Strategic Director, Hilary Jones, said: “These are very difficult times financially for everyone. However, deliberate fraud is theft. Fraud is an unacceptable attack on public funds which could otherwise be used to pay for services and projects for the community.”
Scarborough Borough Council,Town Hall, St Nicholas Street, Scarborough, North Yorkshire. YO11 2HG
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