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Weymouth man receives community order for benefit fraud
1:00pm Thursday 15th August 2013 in News
A MAN has been handed a community order after believing a ‘common misconception’ over benefits.
Antony Batterbee, of Westmacott Road, Weymouth, admitted benefit fraud when he appeared at Dorchester Crown Court.
Prosecutor Mary Aspinall-Miles said Baterbee’s original claim for job seeker’s allowance and housing benefit was legitimate – but when he found a job, he failed to declare it as he was working under 16 hours.
The court heard that the 36-year-old had taken £2,041.28 unlawfully from the system.
The court heard that Batterbee had breached a suspended sentence handed to him by Dorchester Crown Court last year when he committed the fraud. He was sentenced to a 40-hour unpaid work order for the fraud and a 20 hour unpaid work order for the breach of sentence paying £300 costs.
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