Fine for £4,000 benefit cheat


A Stapleford man was ordered to pay a £200 fine after falsely claiming more than £4,000 in housing benefit and tax credits.

David Curran, 42, of Albert Avenue, Stapleford, was prosecuted for two offences that invovled claims for Employment Support Allowance, Housing and Council Tax Benefit.

He failed to declare he had commenced work and was in receipt of a monthly income between January 2013 and August 2013. As a result Curran received £4,177.11 of benefits he was not entitled to.

At a hearing on May 12 at Nottingham Magistrates Court he pleaded guilty to both offences.

The Magistrates took into account his guilty plea and sentenced him to a fine of £200. He was also ordered to pay costs of £140 to Broxtowe Borough Council and a victim surcharge of £20.