Man was illegally claiming thousands

Blackpool Magistrates' Court
Blackpool Magistrates' Court
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A man illegally claimed thousands in benefits while working for a number of security companies.

Gareth Dunn, 42, of Moore Street, South Shore, pleaded guilty to three offences of dishonestly failing to notify a change in circumstances.

He was given an 18 months’ conditional discharge and ordered to pay £85 costs with £15 victims’ surcharge by District Judge Alexandra Simmons sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.

Philip Hall, prosecuting, said Dunn illegally claimed £2,249 in Jobseekers Allowance, council tax and housing benefits when he failed to disclose he had been employed by a number of security companies between October 2011 and January this year.

John McLaren, defending, said his client, who had no previous convictions, had worked as a painter and decorator for 10 years, a ground-worker for eight years and afterwards had gone into the security business.

Dunn then broke his 
ankle and was unable to work for several months before getting laid off.

His debts began to mount, including back rent to his landlord, so he worked while claiming benefits.

The defence added that Dunn may now find it difficult to work in the security business because of these offences.