Benefit cheat claims £28,000 for bills

A BRINSLEY man has been sentenced to a curfew and a six month community order after illegally claiming £28,000 in benefits.

Stewart Purdy claimed council tax benefit and housing benefit without declaring a ‘significant’ amount he had in a bank account.

He was caught after Broxtowe Borough Council carried out a ‘data matching’ exercise with other agencies.

Mr Purdy, of Broad Lane, claimed the benefit for a period of nine years from 2002 to 2011.

In mitigation, his solicitor said that had never been in trouble, he was of an ‘advanced age’ and did not know about the account which he failed to declare.

Mr Purdy had not benefited from the fraud and had repaid all sums owing back to the council, the court heard.

The magistrate sentenced Mr Purdy to six months community service and a four-month curfew between 9pm and 8am.

The council’s prosecution costs were also paid in full.