Burnley pensioner admits £60,000 benefits fraud

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A pensioner could be facing jail after owning up to a near £60,000 benefits fraud over eight years.

Brian Day (71) of Nairne Street, Burnley, admitted three allegations of dishonestly, failing to promptly notify a change of circumstances, and one of dishonestly, making a false representation, at the town’s crown court.

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

The defendant was bailed until June 18th for a pre-sentence report. He was warned by Judge Andrew Woolman: ”I’m not making any promises about the sentence. All sentencing options are open to the court, including custody.”