Suspended sentence for benefit fraudster

By on 07/01/2010 in News

A Nechells man was given a four-month suspended prison sentence today (January 7) after making fraudulent housing and council tax benefit claims worth £14,817 over a six-year period.

Edward Jeffers, 46, of Medway Tower, Nechells, had failed to declare that he had been in paid employment for a number of years. He pleaded guilty in Court to five offences under the Social Security Administration Act.

Jeffers' four month sentence was suspended for 12 months and he was also ordered to do 200 hours' unpaid work and pay £250 towards the council's court costs.

He was also told to repay the money he fraudulently claimed. Failure to do so will result in civil proceedings being taken against him.

After the hearing, Jim Wilkinson, Assistant Director for Audit and Risk Management at Birmingham City Council, said: “This is a stark warning to those that commit benefit fraud.

“Birmingham City Council has already taken successful legal action against 484 fraudsters since April this year.

“We continue to update our systems to better root out fraud and protect the funds we manage on behalf of the public.”

If anyone suspects a person of committing benefit fraud, they should call the Birmingham City Council Benefit Fraud Hotline on 0121 303 9990.

All calls are confidential; callers can remain anonymous if they wish. They can also report a benefit thief online, and find out more information at: www.birmingham.gov.uk/bhamaudit

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For further information contact Kris Kowalewski on 0121 303 3621

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