Friday, 12 October 2012

Medway Council benefits officer guilty of benefit fraud

A benefits officer has avoided jail after being caught by colleagues fraudulently claiming council tax discount after he posted on social media websites about his family.

Married father-of-two Jonathan Lincoln was exposed after he failed stringent ID and address checks for staff working in the benefits department of Medway Council.

Shocked colleagues found he had not only illegally claimed a 25 per cent council tax discount for living as a single person – despite living with his wife and family – but had also turned a blind eye to his wife Ellen Lincoln’s bogus income support, housing benefit and council tax benefit claims.

The judge, recorder Joshua Swirsky, sentenced him to a 16-week prison sentence suspended for one year, ordered him to carry out 150 hours community service and to pay £500 towards costs.

My comment: Yet another council officer abusing their position for financial gain.

Read the full story from the source Kent News

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