Burnley benefits cheat (71) spared jail

Burnley Crown Court.
Burnley Crown Court.
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A benefits cheat was spared jail, after owning up to a near £60,000 fraud over eight years, at Burnley Crown Court.

Brian Day (71) of Nairne Street, Burnley, had earlier admitted three allegations of dishonestly failing to promptly notify a change of circumstances and one of dishonestly making a false representation. He was sentenced to seven months in custody, suspended for a year, by Judge Beverley Lunt. The court was told he had started paying the money back and had paid £4,000.

One charge related to pension credit and the Department for Work and Pensions, between April 2006 and June 2014. Another count concerned housing and council tax benefits from Burnley Council on or about May 11th, 2011 and two further allegations involved council tax and housing benefits from Pendle Borough Council, between April 2006 and April 2011 and between February 2008 and April 2011.