Selby man falsely claimed £18k

COURT: Court Case
COURT: Court Case
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A Selby man has admitted to an £18,000 benefits fraud which saw him claim benefits despite owning his own home.

John Piggott, 51, of Hempbridge Road, over-claimed in excess of £18,000 in benefits over three years, a court heard.

He was housed by Selby District Council despite owning and then selling a Riccall house, magistrates were told on Thursday June 6.

Kelly Hamblyn, prosecuting on behalf of the council before the York and Selby Magistrates Court, told how despite banking £42,000 from the eventual sale of the house in Coppergate, Riccall, Piggott had continued claiming incapacity, housing, council tax and jobseeker benefits.

She added that at a time Piggott still owned and rented out the Riccall house, the father of three approached the council, claiming to be homeless and was provided first with temporary accommodation and then with his present council home.

In total Piggott over claimed £18,164.60, telling the authority in interview that he did not understand the rules and would have continued to claim even if he had won the jackpot.

Piggott pleaded guilty before the magistrates to four charges of making false statement to obtain benefits.

He also admitted to a charge of dishonestly failing to disclose information about the Riccall house.

The magistrates committed Piggott to the York Crown Court for sentencing on July 4.