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Benefits cheat given community order
8:00am Monday 23rd September 2013 in News
A BENEFIT cheat had been told to pay back money he was not entitled to.
A court heard on Thursday how Michael Hull failed to tell Chelmsford City Council and the pensions department he had received thousands of pounds from the sale of his mother's home.
By the time they found out, Hull had received over payments of more than £10,000.
The 50-year-old from Gardiners, Great Baddow, admitted two charges of failing to notify a change in circumstances when he appeared at Chelmsford Crown Court.
Recorder Duncan Atkinson gave Hull a 12 month community order and a 100 hour unpaid work order.
Hull was also given a £10,861 confiscation order and told to pay the city council £4,000 compensation.
The court heard Hull received £6,440 from the council in over payments for council tax and housing benefit and £4,421 from the pensions department in job seekers allowance - now known as employment support allowance.
Prosecutor Sasha Bailey said Hull did not disclose he had received £65,000 as his share of the sale of his late mother's home in Langton Ave, Chelmsford.
Gavin Burrell, mitigating, said Hull was confused about the system but accepted he had to pay his debt to society.
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