Sheffield welfare cheat illegally claimed over £22,000 in benefits

A welfare cheat has been caught after he illegally claimed over £22,000 in benefits.

By Jon Cooper
Thursday, 23rd January 2020, 9:09 am
Updated Thursday, 23rd January 2020, 1:45 pm

Sheffield Magistrates’ Court heard on January 22 how Chung Lloyd Ho-Shing, 46, of Firshill Crescent, Sheffield, illegally claimed £22,601 in housing benefit and Employment Support Allowance after he failed to disclose money he had received from family.

Robert Coyne, prosecuting, said the over-payment was £22,601 over four years but it had not been fraudulent from the outset but he failed to disclose he had significant capital.

Ho-Shing pleaded guilty to fraud by failing to disclose capital to Sheffield City Council concerning a housing benefit claim between July, 2014, and April, 2019.

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He also admitted fraud by failing to disclose capital to the Department for Work and Pensions concerning an ESA claim between July, 2014, and November, 2016.

Pari Seeley, defending, said the money was transferred from his family into his account.

Ho-Shing’s case was committed to Sheffield Crown Court for sentencing on February 12.