Benefit fraud was ‘oversight’ says man

Blackpool Magistrates' Court
Blackpool Magistrates' Court
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A pub worker committed benefit fraud when he did not tell the authorities his wages had gone up.

Paul Ewers said the offence came about because his head was “all over the place” after his grandmother had died.

Ewers, 43, of Derwent Road, St Annes, pleaded guilty to failing to notify a change in circumstances.

He was fined £135 with £85 costs and ordered to pay £20 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.

Adrian Hollamby, prosecuting, said Ewers illegally claimed £3,243 in housing benefit from 
Fylde Council between April 2013 and August 2014. The defendant had told the authorities he was working at Wetherspoons, but failed to disclose it when his wages increased.

Ewers, who had no previous convictions, told magistrates that his maternal grandmother had died just before Christmas 2012.

He added: “My head was all over the place. I’m still coming to terms with it. What I did was not intentional, but an oversight. ”