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Sale man sentenced to four month curfew after admitting benefit fraud
A SALE man was convicted after admitting to dishonestly obtaining Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit amounting to more than £2,000.
David Cole, 37, of Chepstow Avenue, was sentenced to a Community Order of four months curfew between the hours of 8pm and 8am and ordered to pay costs of £300, at Trafford Magistrates Court on September 20.
He is also required to repay all of the benefits he wrongfully obtained back to Trafford Council.
Cole pleaded guilty to dishonestly obtaining £2,429.35 for a claim in respect of his former home on Albion Street, Sale, between January 7 2008 and February 5 2012.
He admitted that he had failed to report a change in his circumstances in that his son had left the household in January 2008 and he had continued to receive Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit as if the child was still living with him.
Council counter fraud officers came across the fraud as a result of a referral from Greater Manchester Police who had found a cannabis farm at Cole’s former address, an offence for which he was convicted earlier this year.
The subsequent investigation then identified that his son had left the address and Cole had been residing there alone.
Executive councillor, Sean Anstee, said: “This re-enforces the importance of people informing the council of changes to their circumstances. Benefit fraud will not be tolerated and Trafford Council will prosecute anyone found to be fraudulently claiming benefits.”
Anyone who suspects someone of committing benefit fraud can contact Trafford Council on 0161 912 2852 or via Freephone number 0800 328 6340.