Benefit fraudster must repay £4,000By Victoria Smith
March 15, 2012
A Wokingham benefit fraudster who failed to declare he was living with his partner has been ordered to repay more than £4,000 and carry out community service.
Timothy Young, 42, of Patten Ash Drive, was prosecuted by Wokingham Borough Council after claiming council tax single person discount, jobseeker’s allowance, housing benefit and council tax benefit without declaring he was living with his partner.
A joint operation between the council and the Department for Work and Pensions, identified £4,032 of fraudulent benefit.
Young pleaded guilty at Reading Magistrates Court on Friday, February 24, and was ordered to repay the money and given a community order for 12 months for 120 hours work.
Muir Laurie, director of business assurance and democratic services, said: “This is another example of the council’s effort to crack down on fraud. Extensive work is done by the business assurance investigations team to check benefit claims, together with referrals from the community, and we will make every effort to track down fraudulent claims.
“Fraudulent benefit claims prevent money going to services for the most vulnerable in our society and the council will take action when these are identified.”
If you have concerns relating to benefit fraud, you can report them in confidence on 0800 454 240.