£10k bill for benefits cheat

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A Long Eaton benefits cheat has been ordered to do community service.

Mark Mellor, of Granville Avenue, was given an eight-week suspended sentence for failing to declare he had tens of thousands of pounds in his bank account, despite being on benefits.

Mellor, who was living in Stapleford at the time of the offences, had fraudulently received job seekers’ allowance, housing benefit and council tax benefit via Broxtowe Borough Council totalling £10,235.11, the court heard.

He pleaded guilty to four offences under the Social Security Administration Act at Nottingham Magistrates Court on Monday April 8

Mellor must pay back all the money, as well as £382.50 in costs, and do 160 hours of unpaid work in the community over the next 12 months, magistrates ruled.

A council spokesman said that Mellor is yet to pay back any of the money and recovery through the civil courts will begin soon.

His solicitor said in court that the money in Mellor’s bank account was his grandfather’s cash and he now knows he should have declared it.