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York man guilty of benefit fraud

York man guilty of benefit fraud

3:32pm 8th July 2010

A York man has been found guilty of charges of benefit fraud at York Magistrates Court this month (1 July) for working full-time whilst claiming benefits.

Wayne Ellis, (39), of Ings Court, Esk Drive, pleaded guilty to failing to notify either City of York Council or the Department for Work and Pensions of the changes to his circumstances.

He was sentenced to an 18-month community order with supervision and a four month curfew requirement, which requires him to remain in his property between the hours of 9.30pm to 6am. He must also wear an electronic tag for four months and was ordered to pay court costs of £75.

Mr Ellis was charged after claiming thousands of pounds of Housing and Council Tax Benefit and Income Support he was not entitled to, including £2,667.51 in Job Seekers Allowance, £3,211.93 in Housing Benefits and £796.15 in Council Tax Benefit. 

A spokesperson for Veritau, who investigate fraud on behalf of City of York Council, said: “At a time when thousands of people find themselves out of work, many for the first time, this case sends out a very clear message to anyone thinking that they can get away with taking more than their share from the public purse.

“We would like to thank the member of the public who alerted us to the case, and urge anyone who has any information about fraud committed to contact the council. Calls to our benefit fraud hotline are treated in the strictest confidence.”

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