Barnsley benefit cheat cases end up in court

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Two benefit cheats have been prosecuted for claiming benefits they were not entitled to.

Patricia Normington, aged 53, of Chevet View, Royston, Barnsley, pleaded guilty to three charges under the Social Security Administration Act - submitting a claim form with false information to Barnsley Council, failing to declare an occupational pension and failing to declare two subsequent changes in her circumstances when she received a lump sum payment and a periodic pension from her previous employer. The court made her the subject of a conditional discharge for 12 months.

Stephen Durose, 42, of Wath Road, Bolton-on-Dearne, pleaded guilty to dishonestly failing to notify the council that he had returned to work when he was receiving statutory sick pay.

He received £2,529.27 in housing and council tax benefit to which he was not entitled.

He was made subject of a 12-month community order with a requirement to carry out 40 hours of unpaid work.

Both cases were heard at Barnsley Magistrates’ Court.