Pensioner wrongly claimed £8K benefits

Blackpool Magistrates' Court
Blackpool Magistrates' Court

A pensioner benefits cheat claimed more than £8,000 illegally after he failed to revealed he was working as a first aider and carer.

Stewart Sproson, 66, of Calendine Close, Thornton, pleaded guilty to three offences of dishonestly failing to notify a change in circumstances.

Peter Bardsley, prosecuting, said Sproson illegally claimed £8,579 in pension credits over a two-and-a-half year period between 2011 and 2014

He also claimed housing and council tax benefits from Wyre Borough Council during this time.

Sproson had failed to disclose to the authorities he worked for Orchard Care Home Limited at Fleetwood Hall Care Home and that he also worked for New Wine Trust on a self-employed basis as a first-aider.

When interviewed by benefit fraud investigators, Sproson said he was not good at paperwork or with computers.

Hugh Pond, defending, said his client, who had no previous convictions, had pleaded guilty immediately and expressed remorse for the offence.

He was sentenced to do 100 hours’ unpaid work for the community and ordered to pay £85 costs plus £60 victims’ surcharge by magistrates.