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Former Selby Man Given Community Sentence for Benefit Fraud

Selby Town Centre

2:11pm 28th March 2014

A former Selby resident has now been sentenced following his conviction in September 2013 for benefit fraud of more than £7,000 from Selby District Council and East Riding of Yorkshire Council.

Paul Ward, 31, now resident in Barnsley , was given a 12 month community order when he appeared at York Magistrates Court yesterday to carry out 100 hours unpaid work and ordered to pay a contribution towards the Council's legal costs  of £200.

Following a joint investigation by Selby District Council and the East Riding of Yorkshire Council, Mr Ward was found guilty of benefit fraud in September last year after he failed to declare self-employed income of more than £32,500 in this period. Mr Ward moved between addresses during this time, which resulted in the joint prosecution by the two authorities. 

Mr Ward received a Housing Benefit overpayment of £574 and a Council Tax Benefit overpayment of £176 from October 2009 to April 2010 from East Riding of Yorkshire Council. From August 2011 to October 2012 Mr Ward received £5,177 in Housing Benefit and £1,213 in Council Tax Benefit from Selby District Council.

Anyone who suspects benefit fraud can report it to the Council here or by calling the Benefit Fraud hotline: 01757 292230 (you do not have to give your name, you can just leave a message).

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