Bingo caller’s £12,966 illegal welfare claim

COURT: Court Case
COURT: Court Case

A Creswell man has been successfully prosecuted by Bolsover District Council and the Department for Work and Pensions for wrongly claiming almost £13,000 in unentitled benefits.

Following a joint investigation, Ricki Brooks, 25, of John Street, Creswell, pleaded guilty at Worksop magistrates’ court to receiving housing benefit, council tax benefit and Jobseekers’ Allowance totalling £12,966 between September 2009 and February 2013 whilst failing to declare he was working as a bingo caller.

Brooks was sentenced on October 24 under Section 112 of the Social Security Administration Act 1992.

He was given a community order to undertake 250 hours of unpaid work and was also ordered to pay a £60 victim surcharge and legal costs of £40.

He must also repay the wrongly claimed, unentitled benefits.

Bolsover District Council’s Cabinet Member for Customer Services, Cllr Rose Bowler, said: “This £12,966 is a lot of money - money which this person was not entitled to.

“This is another example of someone thinking they are above the law and they can do what they want.

“Well we have news for people like this. We will catch up with you and do everything in our power to make sure you pay for your dishonest actions.”

Those who suspect others of committing benefit fraud are urged to contact the council on (01246) 242444 or email fraud@bolsover.gov.uk with details.