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Curfew for West Wittering benefit fraudster

A MAN from West Wittering has been given a suspended prison sentence after overclaiming £36,000 in benefits.

Dean Neill, 47, from Rookwood Road, had claimed income support, housing benefit and council tax benefit but failed to disclose that he and his partner were working.

Mr Neill pleaded guilty to two charges of dishonestly making a false statement to the Department for Work and Pensions and dishonestly failing to disclose the work to Chichester District Council.

He was handed a six month suspended prison sentence and a four month curfew at Worthing Magistrates Court on Monday (May 19).

Mr Neill was overpaid £34,307.44 income support, £1,400.21 housing benefit and £381.79 council tax Benefit between September 2006 and November 2012.

Both Chichester District Council and the Department for Work and Pensions will seek to recover all the overpaid benefit.

 

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