False benefits claimant to pay back over £10k
A man who received more than £10,000 in benefits he was not entitled to has been given a community order and will pay back the money.
Russell Croucher, 43, of Windle Drive, Bourne, was sentenced to 240 hours unpaid work and ordered to also pay a £100 contribution towards South Kesteven District Council’s costs at Grantham Magistrates’ Court on Monday October 14.
At a previous hearing he pleaded guilty to three offences involving false claims of £10,436.57.
Croucher failed to declare the pension income on three separate occasions, the first claim was in 2009 and two subsequent claims were made in 2010 and 2012.
Paul Rushworth, prosecuting for South Kesteven District Council, told the court that Croucher had dishonestly failed to declare that he was receiving income from an occupational pension.
For Croucher, solicitor Rory Macmillan told the court that his client had fallen on difficult times since leaving the army in 2007 and felt stupid and sorry for the fraudulent claim.
The council is now clawing back the overpayment from his on-going benefit entitlement.
Speaking after the hearing, the council’s portfolio holder for Strategic Resources and Well Run Council, Councillor Mike Taylor said: “Benefit fraud is a fraud against the public purse and it is unfair that people should receive unjust enrichment as a result of dishonest activity.
“South Kesteven District Council will continue to work hard to uncover those who make fraudulent claims and take appropriate action to recover overpayments and when necessary, prosecute the individuals involved