South Normanton benefit cheat gets curfew order

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A South Normanton benefit cheat who falsely claimed £8,000 has been given an electronically monitored curfew order.

Andrew Morris claimed £8,000 as being unemployed, when in fact he had been working.

A joint investigation by Bolsover District Council and The Department for Work and Pensions uncovered that Morris, 45 of West Street, had falsely claimed Employment and Support Allowance, Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit between 1st August 2012 and 22nd April 2013.

Morris pleaded guilty at North East Derbyshire and Dales Magistrates Court, Chesterfield on 1 May 2014.

Morris was sentenced for dishonestly failing to declare a change in circumstances, contrary to Section 111A(1A) of the Social Security Administration Act 1992.

He was handed a Community Order requiring him to comply with an electronically monitored Curfew Order between 9pm and 6am until 26 June.

In addition to the curfew, he was ordered to pay costs of £85, a Victim Surcharge of £60 and also has to repay the amounts he falsely claimed.

Any one with information about people committing benefit fraud, can contact the Council, on 01246 242444 or email fraud@bolsover.gov.uk. Report a possible fraud to the DWP hotline number 0800 854440.