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Benefits fraudster handed conditional discharge
9:16am Friday 30th August 2013 in News
A FORMER dairy worker who falsely claimed more than £3,000 in benefits has been handed a conditional discharge.
Nigel Orchard, 41, from Chideock Hill, Chideock, admitted falsely claiming £3,158.13 in housing benefits and £534.73 in council tax benefits from West Dorset District Council between August 13 2012 and January 21 2013.
Orchard also failed to declare that his Job Seeker's Allowance had been cancelled on August 9 because he did not attend a job interview that had been arranged for him and failed to tell the district council that he had started work at a dairy product company in September 2012.
He no longer works at the company.
Weymouth Magistrates handed him a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered him to repay the full amount.
Councillor Robert Gould, Leader of West Dorset District Council, said: “Benefit fraud is stealing money from the taxpayer that could be spent on crucial council services.
"This case serves as a warning to anyone claiming benefits that they must report changes in circumstances to the district council immediately."