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Benefits fraud handed conditional discharge
11:44am Tuesday 10th September 2013 in News
A BENEFITS cheat has been ordered to repay more than £2,600 by Weymouth Magistrates.
Glen Plucknett, 39, of no fixed abode, admitted council tax and housing benefit fraud.
The court heard he had failed to inform Weymouth and Portland Borough Council he was no longer staying at a property he was renting on The Esplanade, Weymouth between 18 February 2012 and 23 July 2012.
He continued to receive £2,284.70 in housing benefits and £361.34 in council tax benefits during that period.
Magistrates handed him a six month conditional discharge and ordered him to pay £50 costs and to repay the full amount stolen.
Councillor Peter Chapman Brief Holder for Finance and Assets at Weymouth & Portland Borough Council, said: “It is crucial anyone claiming benefits informs the borough council of a change in circumstances immediately.
"We will continue to work alongside our partners to proactively combat benefit fraud.”
For more information or advice on benefits visit www.dorsetforyou.com/benefits
Anyone wanting to report benefit fraud can contact the district council in confidence on 01305 211938 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org