Grantham man falsely accepted over £16k in benefits

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Benefits totalling £16,722.97 were overpaid to a Grantham man after he failed to notify authorities of changes in his circumstances.

David Cooper, of Union Street, did not tell South Kesteven District Council and the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) about inheritance he had received of £21,000 from his aunt following the death of his uncle.

Having that amount of capital would have affected his income support and council tax benefit.

The 59-year-old admitted two charges of failing to inform authorities of changes in circumstances at Grantham Magistrates’ Court on 
Monday.

Bill Fraser, defending, told district judge John Stobart that Cooper chose not to tell anyone over fears he would have to forfeit the entire sum. He added that the defendant suffers from depression and anxiety, and lives at home where he tends to worry about things out of all proportion.

For failing to notify the DWP he was fined £350 and told to pay a £15 victim surcharge. For failing to notify SKDC he was fined £150 and told to pay £100 in costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

The DWP will claim back what is owed.