Benefit cheat ordered to pay back nearly £10k

Benefit cheat ordered to pay back nearly £10k

Benefit cheat ordered to pay back nearly £10k

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A BENEFIT cheat must pay back nearly £10,000 of Housing and Council Tax benefit, he swindled out of Basildon tax payers.

Dean Dickens, 36, of Lorrimore Close, Billericay, pleaded guilty to failing to notify a change of circumstances affecting his entitlement to benefits between January 1 2010 and October 24, 2013.

Dickens was given a 12 month Community Order and must carry out 60 hours unpaid work.

Overpayments to Dickens totalled £9,261.54 including Housing Benefit overpayments of £6,796.39 and Council Tax benefits of £2,465.15 from January 1 2010 and October 24, 2013.

He must now pay back all the cash.

The overpayments arose because Dickens had £18,000 in undeclared bank accounts.

Councillor Stuart Sullivan, cabinet member for resources, said: “Although on this occasion the defendant pleaded guilty it does not detract from the fact he was falsely claiming from the public purse.

“Benefit fraud is against the law and cheats will be forced to face the consequences.”

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9:53am Thu 28 Aug 14

thecoat says...

No doubt he will be paying some silly amount back like £5 a week so the 10k will never really be paid back.

He should be made to pay back everything that he has stolen or go to jail and do his time there.
No doubt he will be paying some silly amount back like £5 a week so the 10k will never really be paid back. He should be made to pay back everything that he has stolen or go to jail and do his time there. thecoat
  • Score: 21

11:54am Thu 28 Aug 14

sesibollox says...

Hope they add the interest.....
Hope they add the interest..... sesibollox
  • Score: 19

6:08pm Thu 28 Aug 14

Black Crow says...

Youtube Councils, courts and conmen
Youtube Councils, courts and conmen Black Crow
  • Score: 4

9:04pm Thu 28 Aug 14

Maddogg says...

Shoplifting is Great wrote:
thecoat wrote:
No doubt he will be paying some silly amount back like £5 a week so the 10k will never really be paid back.

He should be made to pay back everything that he has stolen or go to jail and do his time there.
Crime Pays in my eyes. Love it.
Yeh,hope you get what's due.
[quote][p][bold]Shoplifting is Great[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]thecoat[/bold] wrote: No doubt he will be paying some silly amount back like £5 a week so the 10k will never really be paid back. He should be made to pay back everything that he has stolen or go to jail and do his time there.[/p][/quote]Crime Pays in my eyes. Love it.[/p][/quote]Yeh,hope you get what's due. Maddogg
  • Score: 4

9:35pm Thu 28 Aug 14

poortaxpayer says...

Another success for 'Data Matching' - you just can't hide any form of savings or investments anymore.
Another success for 'Data Matching' - you just can't hide any form of savings or investments anymore. poortaxpayer
  • Score: 3

11:16pm Thu 28 Aug 14

andy:) says...

Should of hidden it under the matress... One of the national newpapers mentioned this as an option (refering to new rules allowing HMRC to snoop on your savings)
Should of hidden it under the matress... One of the national newpapers mentioned this as an option (refering to new rules allowing HMRC to snoop on your savings) andy:)
  • Score: 2

8:09am Fri 29 Aug 14

pembury53 says...

can't really blame, it's expensive to live in billericay
can't really blame, it's expensive to live in billericay pembury53
  • Score: -1

4:31pm Fri 29 Aug 14

runwellian says...

Crime pays, I think I will give it a try!
Crime pays, I think I will give it a try! runwellian
  • Score: 1

4:31pm Fri 29 Aug 14

runwellian says...

Crime pays, I think I will give it a try!
Crime pays, I think I will give it a try! runwellian
  • Score: 1

11:01am Sun 31 Aug 14

Discouraged says...

Benefit agencies give much cheaper loans than Wonga for lying scum.
Benefit agencies give much cheaper loans than Wonga for lying scum. Discouraged
  • Score: 0

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