Ollerton man’s £66,000 Benefits shame

An ex-miner who dishonestly claimed over £66,000 in benefits, has been spared prison because he recently suffered a stroke.

Keith Chapman (57), of Petersmith Drive, New Ollerton, was sentenced to 12 months suspended for two years.

A judge at Nottingham Crown Court on Thursday ordered him to do 140 hours’ unpaid work.

Judge Andrew Hamilton also made him the subject of a tagged home curfew from 7pm to 7am for six months.

“It’s a form of home imprisonment. You will be locked up in your own home,” the judge told him.

“You will not be able to go out or go to family parties.”

Chapman was entitled to some benefit as he had suffered an injury in the mines and had to give up his job, said Nicholas Berry, prosecuting.

But he had claimed his wife was not working, which was untrue.

A data matching scan revealed she was working at Clipper Logistics.

Chapman was overpaid £45,165 in income support, along with £16,818 housing benefit and £5,014 council tax benefit from Newark and District council.

Nicola Hornby, on his behalf, said: “He is deeply ashamed to be sitting in court.

“Despite his health problems he is willing to comply with the work order.”