Creswell: Man fined for benefit fraud

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A Creswell man who claimed over £1,800 in benefits he was not entitled to has been fined in court.

Gareth Larner, 31, of Victoria Street, Creswell, pleaded guilty at North East Derbyshire and Dales Magistrates’ Court on 21st January 2015 to falsely claiming benefits from Bolsover District Council.

The investigation uncovered that Larner had claimed Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support totalling £1,811 between 3rd February 2014 and 30 June 2014 whilst failing to declare he had been in full time employment.

Larner was sentenced for failing to declare his change in circumstances, contrary to Section 112(1A) of the Social Security Administration Act 1992 and Section 14B of The Local Government Finance Act 1992.

Larner was ordered to pay a fine of £186, costs of £100 and a victim surcharge of £20.

He also has to repay the amounts he wrongly claimed.

If you know of anyone who you suspect is committing benefit fraud, contact Bolsover Council on 01246 242444.

Residents can also report a possible fraud act to the DWP hotline number 0845 6088521.