Man in court over benefit fraud

A Belton man who fraudulently claimed council tax benefit appeared before North Lincolnshire Magistrates Court last week.

By The Newsroom
Sunday, 6th April 2014, 12:00 pm

Edwin Wood, 46, of Ashtree Close pleaded guilty to two separate charges.

The first was failing to notify a change of circumstances to the Department for Work and Pensions between November 29 2013 and March 17 2013 in that he had found employment.

The second was failing to notify North Lincolnshire Council Benefit Section about a change of circumstances.

The court ordered him to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work within the next 12 months, also to pay a victim surcharge of £60 and costs of £200.

A North Lincolnshire Council spokeswoman said: “The council works hard with the Department for Work and Pensions to combat fraud and has successfully prosecuted more than 20 people for fraudulently claiming benefits they are not entitled to.

“It is easy to report fraud. You can report it online at or call 01724 296666. All calls are treated in confidence and callers can remain anonymous.

“Please help us clamp down on fraud and let us know if you suspect anyone who may be falsely claiming council tax, housing or any other benefit. We’ll do the rest.”