Padiham man admits benefits fraud

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A PADIHAM man was given a 12-week curfew after admitting claiming benefits despite finding work.

James Porter (49), of Victoria Road, pleaded guilty to three counts of failing to notify the Department for Work and Pensions in relation to Employment Support Allowance, housing benefit and council tax benefit.

Reedley Magistrates’ Court heard that Porter, who had been diagnosed with emphysema, had been overpaid by £2,302 after starting work in January last year.

He told the authorities he started his job two months’ later.

The court was told that he had already begun to pay back the money.

He had now found another job and was doing well.

A curfew was imposed between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. and Porter was also made to pay £100 costs.