A Pocklington man has been given a 12-month community punishment order after fraudulently claiming more than £11,500 in benefits.
Kevin Stevens, 55, of Kirkland Street, Pocklington, pleaded guilty at Beverley Magistrates Court to dishonestly making false statements to East Riding of Yorkshire Council and the Department for Work and Pensions in order to obtain an entitlement to council tax benefit and jobseekers’ allowance.
Beverley Magistrates sentenced Kevin Stevens to a 12-month community punishment order, incorporating 60 hours of unpaid work and ordered him to pay £85 towards costs.
In addition, he also has to repay the £11,632.20 he fraudulently claimed between August 2009 and November 2012.
The case was brought to court following a joint investigation by East Riding of Yorkshire Council and the Department for Work and Pensions who discovered that
Stevens had failed to declare capital in excess of £16,000 held in several undisclosed bank accounts.
Jeff Taylor, principal fraud investigation and enforcement officer at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “Joint working is a highly effective weapon against fraudsters. We are committed to safeguarding public funds and ensuring money goes to those who genuinely need it and not to the dishonest minority.”
Anyone who suspects benefit fraud in the East Riding can call the 24-hour benefit fraud hotline in confidence on (01482) 394949, text 07786 200850 or email email@example.com.