Blackwood man was not entitled to £36k in benefits
3:10pm Saturday 23rd March 2013 in News
A MAN who benefited by more than £36,000 in housing benefit, council tax and income support after failing to notify a change in circumstance was given a two-year conditional discharge.
Andrew Jinks, 42, of Brisbane Court, Blackwood, had been making claims lawfullly since 1991 but they became fraudulent when financial investment he had made matured, Cardiff Crown Court heard.
Jinks, who had a guide dog in court, appeared for sentencing after pleading guilty to two counts of failing to notify of a change in circumstances.
Prosecuting Eugene Egan said one charge was in relation to Jinks benefiting by £8,567 of housing benefit and £4,749 of council tax over a three year and eight month period. The second charge was in relation to Jinks benefiting by £23,562 in income support over a period of four years and two months.
The total loss to public funds was £36, 879.35.
Investigations showed Jinks had £11,000 capital in a Lloyds bank account, £17,000 in a Scottish Widows account and £14,000 in a Phoenix Life account.
Jinks, who has no previous convictions, made full admissions when interviewed.
Representing him, Andrew Jones said Jinks had repaid the housing benefit and council tax.
He said he had tried to repay the income support and had £14,000 ready to pay immediately and would be able to repay a further £3,000 by the end of July.
Recorder of Cardiff, Judge Eleri Rees ordered for these payments to be made and said a magistrates' court order would be made regarding the rest of the payment owed.