A businessman who fraudulently claimed more than £21,000 in benefits on behalf of his father was convicted of fraud. (h/t Dave)
Adrian Young, aged 57, from Fenny Drayton, made an application for council tax and housing benefit for his father but failed to disclose he owned the property in question.
Young was also living in the large detached property in May 2011 with his girlfriend which he had bought for £710,000 years earlier.
The businessman denied benefit fraud saying his parents lived in an annexe of the house. He also said dyslexia had contributed to him submitting information in error.
Dave points out Mr Young's web site. If his dyslexia was so bad that council benefit forms confused him, would you trust his financial advice?
Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council, who brought the prosecution, assessed Mr Young’s claim on the basis of the information declared in the application form which resulted in an overpayment of £21,099.86 in council tax and housing benefit. Had he made the relevant declarations, his father would not have been entitled to any benefits.
Young was sentenced to an eight month prison sentence, suspended for two years, after being found guilty at Leicester Crown Court. In addition, he was ordered to carry out 200 hours unpaid work in the community and to pay £12,000 in costs to Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council within the next three months.
Young has already repaid the £21,000 overpayment to the council.
In sentencing, the Judge accused Young of trying to “pull the wool over everyone’s eyes”, by “taking advantage of the system”, adding that during his evidence, he found Young “evasive” and “intent upon putting forward your circumstances as an excuse.”
Speaking after the case, Storme Coop, benefit operational manager at the Borough Council said: “This was a thorough investigation which proved that Mr Young lied to the council in order to falsely claim thousands of pounds in housing benefit and council tax benefit his family was not entitled to. Housing benefit and council tax benefit exists so that qualifying households can receive help when they need it. Young abused this scheme and as a result he now has a criminal record and a bill of over £12,000 to pay."
This will not enhance Mr Young's career.