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Pocklington Man Sentenced Over False Benefit Claims

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2:18pm 22nd February 2013

A Pocklington man has been given a criminal record after admitting benefit fraud.

Robert McKenzie, aged 65, of Yapham Road, Pocklington, appeared before York Magistrates on Tuesday, 19th February. He pleaded guilty to submitting false statements in order to obtain an entitlement to housing benefit, council tax benefit and pension credits, contrary to Section 112 (1) (a) of the Social Security Administration Act 1992.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council and Department for Work and Pensions investigators established that Mr McKenzie had failed to declare that he had been working.

Robert McKenzie received a 12-month community punishment order, incorporating 260 hours of unpaid work and was ordered to pay £85 towards legal costs.  Mr McKenzie has to repay the £18,889.38 benefit he fraudulently received during the period October 2008 to July 2012.

Jeff Taylor, principal fraud investigation and enforcement officer, said: "Those who choose to deliberately commit benefit fraud should be aware that it is only a matter of time before they are brought before the courts.  The public are the victims of benefit fraud and I urge East Riding residents to report any suspicions to us, providing as much information as possible."

This prosecution was taken after consideration of the East Riding of Yorkshire Council's prosecution policy.  

Anyone who suspects benefit fraud in the East Riding area can call the 24-hour benefit fraud hotline in confidence on 01482 394949, text 07786 200 850, or email benefit.fraud@eastriding.gov.uk

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