28 September, 2017
A Council Tax fraud totalling almost £5,000 was successfully prosecuted yesterday (27 September) by City of York Council for one of the city's longest running frauds for a single person’s Council Tax discount ever detected by the council.
At York Magistrates Court, a 55 year old man from Clifton, York, pleaded guilty to all charges. He was fined £373 and ordered to pay court costs of £760.80 and a £37 victim surcharge. He was also ordered to repay the £4,744.83 underpaid Council Tax.
The defendent claimed a 25 per cent discount on his Council Tax for 17 years by declaring that he was the only adult living at the property. An investigation was started when an anonymous caller told Veritau, the council’s fraud investigation service, that the man had been living with his partner for many years and that this had not been declared for council tax purposes.
The subsequent investigation found that the accused had been living with his partner since 2000. He had signed numerous forms in that time period stating he was a sole occupant of the address. As a result of his dishonesty, he had underpaid £4,744.83 Council Tax.
Councillor David Carr, leader of the council and executive member for finance and planning, said: “Falsely claiming single person discount is a crime which the council will prosecute. Thanks to the actions of the person who reported this, we’ve been able to recoup this significant sum of taxpayer’s money in what is one of the longest-running frauds of this sort in York.