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Benefit claim man prosecuted

15th April 2015

On 3 March 2015, Mr Paul East previously of Ovaltine Court, Kings Langley, pleaded guilty at St Albans Magistrates Court to dishonestly making a statement or representation which he knew to be false.  Mr Paul East failed to inform Three Rivers District Council and The Department for Works and Pensions that he was actually working.   Failure to declare this information resulted in Mr East receiving  Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit exceeding £11,000.

Mr East was sentenced to a 12 month community order with a requirement of 100 hours unpaid work. He was also ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £60 and ordered to pay £250 contribution towards prosecution cost.  Mr East will also be required to repay the £11,000, which includes the Jobseekers’ Allowance he wrongly claimed. Residents can report any concerns about possible wrongful Benefit claims by ringing the Council’s hotline in complete confidence on Freephone 0800 458 9200 or emailing us fraud@threerivers.gov.uk

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