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Ten months in jail for Stretford benefit cheat
8:00am Tuesday 10th September 2013 in News
A Stretford man was sentenced to a 10 month custodial sentence for dishonestly obtaining Income Support, Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit amounting to £43,777.24.
On September 5, Gary Betts, 49, of Rye Bank Road, Firswood, was sentenced at Trafford Magistrates’ Court.
At an earlier hearing on August 9, Betts pleaded guilty to obtaining benefit to which he was not entitled to, by failing to declare his correct income and capital details.
As a result, he has been overpaid benefit between April 1 2004 and January 3 2012.
Betts had relied on the benefits system for him and his family for almost 20 years.
Investigations showed that he was the owner of another property which he collected rent from, while claiming benefits on the basis that he was unemployed.
His wife was also found to be driving a Range Rover Sport which had cost in excess of £50,000.
On sentencing Betts, His Honor Judge Lakin explained that the offence was too serious to be suspended, given the fact that the defendant used the fraudulently obtained money to fund a luxurious lifestyle for him and his family.
The couple must also repay the benefits they dishonestly claimed.
Executive Councillor, Sean Anstee, said: "This is just one of the many benefit fraud cases we have brought to court.
“The council will continue to work closely with our partners to bring those who defraud the benefit system to justice. This is a serious offence with serious consequences.”
If you suspect anyone of benefit fraud, contact Trafford Council on 0161 912 2852 or via Freephone number 0800 328 6340.