A 65 year old man from Scott End, Aylesbury has been successfully prosecuted for claiming thousands of pounds in benefits to which he was not entitled.
The man claimed more than £10,000 from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and Aylesbury Vale District Council (AVDC) but failed to declare he had savings in excess of the permitted limit.
Aylesbury Magistrates heard how the man had received pension credit and council tax benefit since July 2011. A joint working investigation raised suspicions that he had more than £50,000 in his accounts.
When interviewed about his benefit claims the man admitted that he had deliberately failed to tell the DWP and AVDC about his savings.
He dishonestly claimed £8,730 in pension credit and £1,709 in council tax benefit over a two year period.
He was sentenced to a community order for 12 months and ordered to carry out 180 hours unpaid work. He was also made to pay costs of £85 and will have to repay the full amount owed to the DWP and AVDC.
Councillor Neil Blake, Leader of the Council, said: ‘Benefit cheats give a bad name to legitimate claimants who are entitled to receive benefits. This latest prosecution again signals our determination to catch people who are defrauding council tax payers in the district.‘
Information about anyone who is claiming benefits that they are not entitled to can be reported to AVDC by calling 01296 585570 or emailing [email protected]