Gosport benefit fraudster told to pay back £3,400

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A MAN who stole thousands of pounds in fraudulent benefit claims will have to pay it all back.

Grahame Walker appeared at Fareham Magistrates’ Court after pleading guilty to two charges of falsely claiming jobseeker’s allowance and housing benefit while employed with Lambert Haulage Limited.

Walker, from George Street, Gosport, received a total of £3,400 in benefits which he will have to pay back in total after the court ruling.

A joint investigation by Gosport Borough Council and the Department for Work & Pensions Fraud teams led to Walker’s arrest last year.

As well as paying back the £3,400, the 53-year-old was sentenced to an 18-month conditional discharge and ordered 
to pay £100 costs and £15 victim surcharge.

Gosport council leader Mark Hook said: ‘We believe it’s vitally important that those claiming money to which they are not entitled are brought before the courts.

‘It’s wrong that money which is desperately needed to help and support people with a genuine need is claimed by people who should know better.

‘Saying they “forgot” to let us know that their circumstances changed just isn’t good enough.

‘As well as a possible fine or prison sentence, they will always be required to pay back any overpayment they’ve received.’