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Two prosecuted for fraudulent tax claims in Selby District

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3:07pm 13th September 2017

Selby District Council has successfully prosecuted two residents, one for fraudulently claiming Council Tax Support and Single Person Discount and another for fraudulently claiming Council Tax Single Person Discount.

Peter Cullen, 50, of Broad Lane, Cawood, failed to disclose to the Council details of all his capital on his application for Council Tax Support and during the course of his claims for both Council Tax Support and Single Person Discount failed to disclose to the Council that he was in receipt of income from various sources and that he had lodgers living with him.

An investigation into his claims was conducted by Veritau, the council’s fraud investigation service, following information that he had other people living with him and that his claims were fraudulent.

Mr Cullen pleaded guilty to four charges of Fraud contrary to Sections 1 & 3 of the Fraud Act 2006 at York Magistrates Court on 13 September 2017. As a result of his fraudulent activity Mr Cullen received £5,758.45 in Council Tax Reduction and a discount of £684.62 against his council tax bill that he was not entitled to.

Mr Cullen was sentenced to a 12 month community order for 200 hours unpaid work, court costs of £1,006.00, and a victim surcharge of £85.

Gareth Kitching, 48, of Holmes Avenue, Selby, claimed a Council Tax Single Person Discount against his council tax liability for a number of years. During the course of his claim, he failed to disclose to the Council that he had moved out of the property and had sublet the property to another, who had in turn sublet one of the rooms of the property to another person.

Veritau, the council’s fraud investigation service, conducted an investigation into his eligibility to the discount following information that he was not actually living in the property.

Mr Kitching pleaded guilty to two charges of Fraud at York Magistrates Court on 13 September 2017.

As a result of his fraudulent activity Mr Kitching was awarded £939.37 in Single Occupancy Discount, against his council tax liability, for the period April 2013 to September 2016.

Mr Kitching was sentenced to a 12 month community order for 100 hours unpaid work, compensation order for the underpayment of council tax, and court costs totalling £1,886.77.

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