Former Fleetwood baker admits cooking books

Blackpool Magistrates' Court
Blackpool Magistrates' Court

A former baker cooked his personal financial books to defraud the benefits system out of more than £25,000.

Barry Jones, 64, started to claim Income Support in 2007 and Pension Credit from 2012.

But Jones, of Whinfield Avenue, Fleetwood, failed to declare the fact that his partner was bringing £300 a month into their household from a life insurance policy.

District Judge Jeff Brailsford, sitting at Blackpool Magistrates Court, sent Jones for sentence at Preston Crown Court after the former supermarket in-store baker admitted two offences of defrauding the Department for Work and Pensions.

The judge said that the higher court must hear the case as the prosecution was making an application under the Proceeds of Crime Act for the money to be claimed back.

Jones will appear at Crown Court on January 20. He was bailed.

Patrick Nelligan, defending, said that Jones met his partner when they were both working in South Africa.

She had suffered a stroke when they returned to the UK and he was her carer.