Guilty plea over £11,000 benefits

Blackpool Magistrates' Court
Blackpool Magistrates' Court
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A retired restaurateur carried out an £11,000 benefits sting on the state.

Gerald Soutar failed to tell the authorities he was receiving two occupational pensions and that he and his partner had paid employment.

Soutar, 72, of Reads Avenue, Blackpool, pleaded guilty to one offence of making a false statement and two offences of failing to
notify a change in circumstances.

He obtained £11,000 in total in pension credits from the Department of Work and Pensions plus council tax
 benefit from Blackpool council.

The offences took place between February and May 2011.

Pam Smith, prosecuting, asked for the case to be sent to crown court as the prosecution intended to apply for a confiscation order of funds from Soutar under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

Soutar was bailed to appear for sentence at Preston Crown Court on September 16 by District Judge Jeff Brailsford, sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.