Benefits fraudster told he must pay back £35,000

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A BENEFIT cheat has been told to pay back more than £35,000 he wrongly claimed.

Raymond Miller, 65, of Cochrane Close in Gosport, pleaded guilty to four offences at Portsmouth Crown Court.

He admitted knowingly failing to promptly notify Gosport Borough Council and the Department for Work & Pensions he was working while claiming for financial help.

He also failed to tell the council he was receiving an occupational pension and had received a lump sum along with it.

Miller was paid more than £35,000 in housing benefit, council tax benefit and incapacity benefit he wasn’t entitled to.

He was sentenced on September 24 to a two-year conditional discharge and was ordered to pay £400 costs. He must also pay back the benefits.

The leader of Gosport’s council Councillor Mark Hook said: ‘The money these people claim fraudulently is your money; money collected from hardworking people, for those in genuine need. That is why we ask if you know someone receiving benefits they are not entitled to, please do the right thing and call our benefit hotline and help us stamp out benefit fraud.’

You can call the council’s 24-hour benefit investigation line on (023) 9254 5545. All information received is treated in confidence.