20 January 2016

An investigation carried out by the City of York Council has uncovered and successfully prosecuted a serious case of fraud in the city, which deprived the public purse of almost £13,600.

A resident of York claimed Housing and Council Tax benefit most recently from 2011. An investigation into their benefit claims was conducted by Veritau, the council’s fraud investigation service, following information that he had failed to declare a private occupational pension for benefit purposes and that his claim was fraudulent.

During the course of the investigation an interview under caution was conducted where they admitted that they hadn’t declared their pension to the council and that they knew this was dishonest. 

The investigation concluded with them pleading guilty to all charges contrary to section 111(A)(a) of the Social Security Administration Act 1992 as amended at Leeds Magistrates Court on 20/01/2016.

As a result of their fraudulent activity they were awarded £11,290.98 in Housing benefit, £1,199 in Council Tax benefit and in £1,180.53 in Council Tax Reduction.

Yesterday (11/02/2016) the resident in question was sentenced at York Crown Court to 8 months imprisonment, suspended for 2 years. Besides repayment arrangements, he was also ordered to pay court costs of £250.

A spokesperson of Veritau said: “This is another good result in the fight on fraud against the public purse with what has been a protracted fraud. It shows that ultimately dishonesty does not pay. We encourage anyone with any information on fraudulent activity to phone the fraud hotline on 01904 552935 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .”



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