Clampdown on benefit fraud

sp63412'Exterior of Bolsover District Council Offices
sp63412'Exterior of Bolsover District Council Offices

Boslover District Council has vowed to continue its fight against benefit cheats after a third person was prosecuted in as many weeks.

The council said it is ‘committed’ to clamping down following the latest successful prosecution in which a former South Normanton man failed to declare employment whilst claiming Jobseekers Allowance, Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit. 

Martin Pettifer (49), formerly of Alfred Street, admitted claiming more than £3,300 in benefits.

He was given a conditional discharge, ordered to pay £100 costs and repay the amounts he wrongly claimed. 

The conviction followed a joint investigation by the council and the Department for Work and Pensions.

Bolsover District Council’s cabinet member for customer services, Coun Rose Bowler said: “We are committed to catching people who 
commit benefit fraud and bringing them before the courts.”