Welfare cheat falsely claimed cash benefits

COURT: Court Case
COURT: Court Case

A GLAPWELL man has been successfully prosecuted by Bolsover District Council for wrongly claiming over £2,000 in unentitled benefits while he was employed.

Following an investigation by Bolsover District Council, Adam Scorcese, 44, of Rowthorne Lane, Glapwell, pleaded guilty at Chesterfield magistrates’ court last Wednesday, May 8, to receiving housing benefit and council tax benefit totalling over £2,300 while he was working. 

Scorcese was sentenced under Section 112 of the Social Security Administration Act 1992. 

He was ordered to pay a fine of £100, costs of £200 and a £15 Victim Surcharge after he admitted failing to notify the authorities of a change in circumstances.

He must also pay back the unentitled benefits he received.

Bolsover District Cllr Duncan McGregor, cabinet member for corporate resources, said: “This is another example of someone claiming money that is not rightfully theirs.

“Benefit cheats take money intended for the most vulnerable in our society and the public quite rightly get angry about such behaviour and with their support we are closing in on and catching these individuals.”

The council which actively pursues benefit cheats is urging residents who suspect anyone of committing benefit fraud to contact the council on (01246) 242444 or email fraud@bolsover.gov.uk with details.