Holme-on-Spalding Moor man convicted over benefit fraud

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A resident from Holme-on-Spalding Moor has received a criminal conviction after fraudulently claiming more than £2,000 in benefits.

Geoffrey Pears, 56, of Skiff Lane, appeared at Beverley Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday 1 April, where he pleaded guilty to failing to promptly notify East Riding Council of a change in circumstances affecting his entitlement to council tax benefit.

The case was brought to court following a pro-active exercise conducted by East Riding Council who discovered that Mr Pears had started full-time work in December 2010.

Magistrates fined Geoffrey Pears £73 and ordered him to pay £566 towards costs.

In addition, he also has to repay the £2,365.29 he fraudulently claimed between January 2011 and March 2013.

Jeff Taylor, principal fraud investigation and enforcement officer at East Riding Council, said: “It is the public who are the victims of benefit fraud and 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.”

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 benefit.fraud@eastriding.gov.uk.