Benefit fraudster gets community order

Court news
Court news

A Broughton man has been prosecuted for benefit fraud, Scunthorpe Magistrates’ Court has heard.

The court heard how Aaron Wilson, from George Street, pleaded guilty to failing to let the council know he had started working.

Wilson had falsely claimed £1,426.27 in housing benefit, £381.31 in council tax benefit and £1,193.99 in jobseekers’ allowance that he was not entitled to from May 2010.

He was handed a 12 month community order.

The court heard how Wilson has been told to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work and pay £200 court costs and a £60 victim surcharge.

North Lincolnshire Council cabinet member for policy and resources coun Neil Poole said: “North Lincolnshire Council is committed to safeguarding taxpayer’s money.

“This case shows that we will take action and prosecute if necessary, when people falsely claim benefits.

“We will take action on every case where the information indicates that a fraud is being committed.

“If members of the public believe that someone is falsely claiming benefits they can report their suspicions in confidence directly to the council.

“They can also visit the council’s website and complete an online referral form and they do not have to leave their name.”