Benefits cheat who was still working is prosecuted

In the courts
In the courts
  • Former Kings Langley man falsely claimed more than £11,000 in benefits
  • Paul East claimed Housing Benefit, Council Tax Benefit and Jobseekers’ Allowance despite being in work
  • He was hit with a 12-month community order, fine and told to repay the £11,000

Former Kings Langley man hit with community order and fine after receiving £11,000 in benefits when he failed to inform the council he was in work.

Paul East, previously of Ovaltine Court, Kings Langley, pleaded guilty at St Albans Magistrates Court to dishonestly making a statement or representation which he knew to be false.

East failed to inform Three Rivers District Council and The Department for Works and Pensions that he was actually working. The failure to declare the fact he was in employment meant East continued to receive Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit to the tune of more than £11,000.

East was sentenced to a 12-month community order with a requirement of 100 hours unpaid work. He was also ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £60 and ordered to pay £250 contribution towards prosecution cost.

The benefits cheat will also be required to repay the £11,000, which includes the Jobseekers’ Allowance he wrongly claimed.

Residents can report any concerns about possible wrongful Benefit claims by ringing the council’s hotline in complete confidence on Freephone 0800 458 9200 or emailing fraud@threerivers.gov.uk