Sheffield welfare cheat illegally claimed over £6,000 in benefits

A welfare cheat claimed over £6,000 in illegal benefits when he had been working.

Friday, 31st January 2020, 1:49 pm
Updated Wednesday, 12th February 2020, 5:20 pm

Sheffield Magistrates’ Court heard on January 30 how Saulius Bulovas, 23, of Cawdor Road, Sheffield, had been legally claiming a carer’s allowance but when he secured employment he failed to inform the Department for Work and Pensions.

Robert Coyne, prosecuting, said Bulovas legally claimed benefits from June, 2016, on the grounds he was caring for his mother and had no other income.

But Mr Coyne added that Bulovas failed to later notify the DWP he had started working as a cleaner in October, 2016, and began another job in August, 2019.

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A benefit cheat who illegally claimed over £6,000 in benefits appeared at Sheffield Magistrates' Court.

Bulovas was over-paid £6,098.95 over about two years, according to Mr Coyne.

The defendant, who has no previous convictions, pleaded guilty to failing to notify the DWP of a change of circumstances.

John Booth, defending, said Bulovas is hard-working.

Magistrates adjourned the case until March 11.