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Byram Benefit Cheat Ordered to Pay Back £1,329


11:35am 24th May 2013

A Byram man will be forced to repay benefits he claimed but was not entitled to, in a case brought by Selby District Council as part of its ongoing efforts to clamp down on benefit fraud.

Thirty three year old Colin Bone, of 15a East Acres, Byram, appeared at York Magistrates Court yesterday where he was given a twelve-month conditional discharge and ordered to contribute £200 towards the Council's costs.

Bone must pay back the £1,329 of benefits he claimed unlawfully: over £1,000 of Housing Benefit and nearly £300 of Council Tax Benefit.

Bone had failed to tell the Council that he was working from May last year, and continued to claim benefit as if he were unemployed.  He failed to attend any interviews under caution at the Council offices, and also failed to attend court earlier this month where he was convicted in his absence.  He did, however, attend court yesterday to receive his sentence.

It is an offence not to tell the Council of a change in circumstances, under section 112 of the Social Security Administration Act 1992.

A spokesman for the Council said, "We don't delight in bringing these cases to court, but it's important that we protect those who really need our help the most, and who are entitled to benefit support.  We take very seriously any case of someone claiming money for which they're not entitled".

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