A GOOLE man who failed to declare capital of over £80,000 and fraudulently claimed benefits has received a criminal record.
Darren Mark Knott, aged 39, formerly of Pasture Road in Goole, appeared before Beverley Magistrates on Monday, January 7 and admitted the charges against him.
He pleaded guilty to making false statements in order to obtain an entitlement to housing benefit, council tax benefit and job seekers allowance, contrary to Section 112(1)(a) of the Social Security Administration Act 1992.
Investigators from both East Riding of Yorkshire Council and the Department for Work and Pensions established that Knott had failed to declare capital in excess of £80,000.
Knott received a £400 fine and was ordered to pay £100 towards legal costs.
He will also have to repay the £4,557.10 benefit he fraudulently received during the period November 2011 to July 2012.
Richard Johnson, sanctions officer, said: “Those who choose to deliberately commit benefit fraud should be aware that it is only a matter of time before they are brought before the courts.
“The public are the victims of benefit fraud and I urge East Riding residents to report their suspicions to us, providing as much information as possible.”
This prosecution was taken after consideration of East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s prosecution policy.
Anyone who suspects benefit fraud in the East Riding area can call the 24-hour benefit fraud hotline in confidence on 01482 394949, text 07786 200 850, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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