Grantham claimant drank away £60k

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Drinking away £60k has left a man with no means to repay what he owes in overclaimed benefits.

Adrian Charles, of George Street in Grantham, failed to notify the Department for Work and Pensions and South Kesteven District Council when he inherited £64,000 from his late father’s estate.

Instead, he put the money in his 11-year-old son’s account in a bid to conceal it.

Had the DWP been aware of his inheritance, his benefits would have been affected.

Charles, 48, was overpaid £5,629.75 in Jobseeker’s Allwowance and Employment and Support Allowance, £8,004.67 in housing benefit and £1,690.12 in council tax benefit.

Judith Armstrong, defending, told the court how Charles suffers from ill health and is on morphine to control the pain. She said that during a difficult period a lot of money was spent on alcohol, adding that he has no savings left.

Judge John Stobart said: “It’s no wonder you suffer from ill health if you drink £60,000 of money.”

He sentenced Charles to a 90-day curfew between 9pm and 6am.