A MAN accused of benefit fraud totalling almost £42,000 has made his first appearance in court.
David Threlfall allegedly claimed he was a single man while he was living with his wife, who was working at the time.
The 60-year-old, of George Street, central Blackpool, faces three charges of failing to notify a change in circumstances.
He is alleged to have illegally claimed income support, housing and council tax benefits for more than nine years between 2002 and last year.
Threlfall made his first appearance before Blackpool Magistrates’ Court yesterday.
He did not enter a plea to any of the charges he faces.
Martina Jay, prosecuting, asked for the case to be heard at the crown court.
Threlfall was bailed and was told he would next appear at Preston Crown Court on June 6 by the resort’s magistrates.