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Carlisle benefit fraudster’s bogus £16,000 claim

[A] FRAUDSTER who netted more than £16,000 from a bogus benefit claim has been sentenced at Carlisle Crown Court.

Terence Daniel Mitchell, 45, applied for employment and support allowance (ESA) from the Department for Work and Pensions in April, 2013.

But that claim was said to have been fraudulent from the start. Mitchell failed to disclose that he had significant savings of around £60,000 – well in excess of the permitted limit.

As a result he received a £16,129 ESA overpayment.

Mitchell, of Almery Drive, Carlisle, admitted two fraud charges and was sentenced today (WED) by Judge Peter Davies.

Said to be a man effectively of good character, Mitchell was handed a six-month prison term which was suspended for two years.

He must also complete 150 hours’ unpaid work within 12 months.

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