Suspended Sentence For Beverley Man

A Beverley man has been given a suspended prison sentence after admitting to fraudulently claiming almost £20,000 in benefits. Eric Wardale, 65, from Flemingate in Beverley had earlier pleaded guilty to offences relating to making false statements in order to obtain an entitlement to housing benefit and council tax benefit. He appeared at Hull Magistrates Court on Thursday, 16 April where he was sentenced to a 26 week prison sentence, suspended for 12 month and he will also have to repay the £19,888.86 he fraudulently received between April 2010 and April 2014. Wardale will also have to pay £85 costs and £80 victim surcharge. The case was brought to court following investigations by East Riding of Yorkshire Council who discovered Wardale had been working since April 2010. Andy Hardy, fraud investigation manager at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “This investigation demonstrates the council’s commitment to tackling all types of fraud against the authority. “We will continue to use all the powers at our disposal to protect the public purse from those with dishonest intentions.” Anyone who suspects benefit fraud in the East Riding can call the 24-hour benefit fraud hotline, in confidence, on (01482) 394949, text 07786 200850 or […]

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