Grantham court: Gardener claimed benefits while receiving pension

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A 58-year-old gardener dishonestly claimed benefit of £2,880 when he was also receiving a private pension.

Christopher William Lorenz, of Hough Road, Brandon, admitted dishonestly making a false statement to claim Jobseeker’s Allowance on June 19 last year while receiving the private pension.

Prosecuting, Daniel Pietryka told Grantham magistrates Lorenz had claimed the money on the basis that he was single and had no savings. He had been paid a pension since January 2010.

Defending, Bill Fraser said Lorenz was a self-employed gardener who had never been in trouble before.

He said Lorenz was already paying the money back. He added: “He accepts it was the wrong thing to do.”

Lorenz was fined £185 with costs of £100 and a victim surcharge of £20.