A joint investigation between Gosport Borough Council and the Department for Work Pensions (DWP) has resulted in Mr Robert Fairweather (51) of Harvard Close, Lee on Solent appearing at Portsmouth Magistrates Court.
Because Fairweather didn’t appear at Court when summonsed, Gosport Borough Council requested a police warrant, and he was arrested and taken to Court. There he pleaded guilty to 2 offences under the Social Security Administration Act 1992 in that he dishonestly failed to promptly notify the Council and the DWP that he was working. Fairweather was sentenced to 120 hours community service and ordered to pay £100 towards costs.
Continuing to claim benefit to which he was not entitled, resulted in Fairweather receiving an overpayment of over £4,000 in Jobseekers Allowance and Housing and Council Tax Benefit, all of which must be paid back in full to both the Council and the DWP.
A second joint investigation, this time between Gosport and Fareham Borough Councils, resulted in Michael Harding (68) of West Lodge, Lee on Solent appearing at Fareham Magistrates Court, where he pleaded guilty to 3 offences under the above Act. He dishonestly completed claim forms, which failed to show the fact that his wife had been employed since 2006. Harding was sentenced to 80 hours community service and was ordered to pay £100 towards costs.
Continuing to claim benefit to which he was not entitled resulted in Harding receiving an overpayment of over £4,000 in Housing and Council Tax Benefit from both Fareham and Gosport Councils which once again must be paid back in full.
If you believe you know someone is receiving benefit to which they are not entitled, then please do the right thing. Call the 24-hour Benefit Investigation Hotline Tel: (023) 92 545 545. All information received is treated in the strictest confidence.