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Whitehaven man on disability benefit caught playing golf

[A] MAN has been sentenced for a £14,000 benefit fraud.

Anton Elliott Haraldsen, 66, claimed disability allowance on the basis that he was unable to perform certain daily tasks. These included putting on his shoes, walking more than 100 yards and driving.

But when his physical condition improved, he failed to declare any change in his circumstances.

He was caught out when covert video surveillance showed him preparing for – and playing – golf at two courses in West Cumbria.

At Carlisle Crown Court today (TUES) Haraldsen admitted a charge of dishonestly failing to notify a relevant change of circumstances.

The total value of the fraud, committed between 2011 and 2013, was said to be £14,468.30.

A 12-month community order and a 28-day night time curfew were imposed by Judge Peter Davies.

Haraldsen, of Jericho Road, Whitehaven, was said to be making repayments. He was described as now being in poor health.

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