Man admits benefit fraud

A man has been ordered to undertake community work after admitted falsely claiming nearly £13,000 in benefits.

Council "won't tolerate" fraud

Councillor Tony Dignum, Cabinet Member for Finance at Chichester District Council, said: "This case highlights the fact that theft from the public purse - money belonging to the community - will not be tolerated.

"The benefits system is there to help those most in need, not those who want to abuse it by claiming money they are not entitled to.

"I cannot stress enough how important it is for people to let us know if there is any change in their circumstances so our officers can check to see if it may affect their benefit entitlement.

"Benefit fraud is a very serious crime and we will continue to prosecute those people guilty of it."

Court appearance for benefit fraud

Jason Huggett appeared at Worthing Magistrates Court last week.

He admitted three charges of failing to notify changes in his circumstances to both Chichester District Council and the Department for Work and Pensions, and providing false documents to the council.

He was ordered to undertake 100 hours of community work and to pay £400 towards costs.

Chichester Council and the DWP aims to recover all the money that Mr Huggett falsely claimed.

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Man admits benefit fraud

A man has been ordered to undertake community work after falsely claiming nearly £13,000 in benefits.

Jason Huggett, 38, of Park Crescent, Midhurst, admitted claiming Council Tax Benefit Jobseekers Allowance while working.

He was caught following a joint investigation between Chichester District Council and the Department for Work and Pensions.