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Pensioner order to repay £35,000 after benefit fraud


A HAMPSHIRE pensioner has been ordered to pay back £35,000 he falsely claimed in benefits.

Following a joint investigation by Gosport Borough Council and the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)
Fraud teams, Raymond Miller, 65, of Cochrane Close, Gosport, pleading guilty to four offences under the Social
Security Administration Act 1992 in that he knowingly failed to promptly notify the Council or the DWP that he
was working.

Portsmouth Crown Court was also told that he failed to inform the council that he was in receipt of an
occupational pension or that he had received a lump sum as part of his occupational pension award.

Miller was sentenced to a two year conditional discharge and ordered to pay £400 towards costs.

By continuing to claim housing and council tax benefit along with incapacity benefit to which he was not entitled,
Miller received an overpayment of over £35,000 all of which must be paid back in full.

Cllr Mark Hook, Leader of the Council said: “The money these people claim fraudulently is 'your money'.

“Money collected from hardworking people, for those in genuine need.

"That is why we would ask that if you believe you know someone is receiving benefit to which they are not
entitled, then please do the right thing and call our 24-hour Benefit Investigation Hotline Tel: (023) 9254 5545
and help us stamp out benefit fraud.”

				
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Description: Following a joint investigation by Gosport Borough Council and the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) Fraud teams, Raymond Miller, 65, of Cochrane Close, Gosport, pleading guilty to four offences under the Social Security Administration Act 1992 in that he knowingly failed to promptly notify the Council or the DWP that he was working.