Penally man who fiddled £25,000 benefits could lose his home
4:37pm Monday 7th October 2013 in News
A Penally man who fiddled more than £20,000 in benefits he was not entitled to may lose his home, a judge has heard.
Michael Hale, aged 60, received £25,500 in higher level disability benefits after claiming he could hardly move.
But after an anonymous telephone call to the Department for Work and Pensions officers discovered Hale was working as a maintenance man “undertaking all manner of duties.”
Hales admitted dishonestly claiming benefits between April, 2005 and October, 2012.
Hale had assets of £8,162, which Swansea crown court ordered him to pay back to the Department.
Hale was also ordered to pay back an additional £1,800 at the rate of £50 a month.
He was also jailed for two months, suspended for 12 months.
In addition, Hale was made the subject of a 7pm to 6am curfew for the next four months.
John Hartson, representing Hale, said the order may well mean Hale, of Crackwell holiday park, had to sell his caravan home.
“This could well leave him homeless,” added Mr Hartson.
Judge Hughes said fraud against the tax system cost the county an estimated £1.9bn a year.
He said he rejected the notion that Hale simply made a mistake by continued to claim the benefits when his health had improved.