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Benefits cheat claimed £37,000 while living it up in Spain

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A benefits cheat who conned £37,000 from the taxpayer while enjoying a new life in Spain has been jailed.

Thomas Wadham, 73, of Culpepper Close, Aylesbury pocketed housing benefit and pension credit between 2007 and 2009.

But an investigation by the Department for Work and Pensions and Aylesbury Vale District Council found that while he was claiming the money, he was making transactions in Spain.

Wadham pleaded guilty to failing to inform the council and the DWP about his change of circumstances.

But magistrates did not take pity on the pensioner, jailing him for 26 weeks and ordering that he pay back all of the falsely claimed cash.

Councillor Neil Blake, leader of Aylesbury Vale District Council, said: “Honest taxpaying residents will feel rightly angered to see such a blatant abuse of the system that is there to help those in genuine need.

“I would like to reassure them that we will continue to seek out and, when necessary, prosecute those defrauding council taxpayers in this way.”

Anyone claiming benefits who is unsure whether or not they are still entitled to receive them can contact Aylesbury Vale District Council on 01296 585618.

To confidentially report someone who you suspect of benefit fraud you can contact the council on 01296 585570 or email benefitfraud@aylesburyvalebc.gov.uk

 

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