Teacher admits benefit fraud charge

Blackpool Magistrates Court
Blackpool Magistrates Court
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A TEACHER committed benefit fraud by working and illegally claiming almost £8,000 in state handouts.

Stuart Miller was caught out when investigators discovered he had worked as a supply teacher, college lecturer and as a hotel receptionist a court was told.

Miller, 43, of Oakleaf Way, Mereside, pleaded guilty to 16 offences of making a false statement to obtain benefit.

He was bailed for pre-sentence reports by Blackpool magistrates.

Lynda Bennett, prosecuting, said between January 2011 and February last year Miller illegally obtained £7,952 in Job Seekers Allowance from the DWP and council tax benefits from Blackpool Council.

Miller had declared he was working some hours but checks revealed these did not match the employment time he had done for a firm.

Miller, who had no previous convictions, denied he had done two jobs at the same time.

He said the work he got was periodic. Some weeks he did not work, other weeks he worked one or two days.

He said that at the time his mortgage had been getting into arrears.

He added that he had been made bankrupt last year.

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