Man caught after flying in for funeral

Blackpool Magistrates' Court
Blackpool Magistrates' Court
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A man wanted for benefit fraud was caught coming back to Britain for a family funeral.

When he arrived by plane Liam Malone, 26, had his passport checked and it was noticed there was a warrant out for his arrest.

Malone, formerly lived in Beryl Street, Cleveleys, but now works in Spain, Blackpool magistrates heard.

Malone admitted receiving £2,326 in Jobseekers Allowance he was not entitled to.

He failed to tell the Department of Work and Pensions that his partner was working at the Victoria Hotel in Cleveleys between August 2013 and January 2014.

Steven Townley, defending, said Malone had mentioned his partner was working when he signed on. He was given forms to fill in, but he did not return them and a prosecution started.

The lawyer said: “This is at the lower level of such cases brought to court.”

Magistrates said that Malone’s two days in custody was sufficient punishment, after being told the DWP would take their own action to recover the over-payment.