Man is found guilty of benefit fraud

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A man found guilty of stealing £3,531.70 in benefits from Melton Council has been sentenced to a 12-month conditional discharge.

Philip John Craddock (49), formerly of Yew Tree Crescent, Melton, and now of Market Overton, was found guilty of three charges of benefit fraud when he appeared at Leicester Magistrates’ Court on February 13.

Craddock was found guilty of claiming housing and council tax benefit, after making a false declaration by failing to report he had started full-time employment for Rutland Water Cycling Limited in 2011, and for failing to report a change in his former wife’s employment in 2010.

As well as having to pay back all of the money he falsely claimed, Craddock was given a conditional discharge, ordered to pay £75 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

A Melton Council spokesman said: “Mr Craddock failed three opportunities given to him to attend the council offices for an interview about this matter and his case was progressed for prosecution. There are no excuses for benefit fraud - it is a crime.”

To report a benefit fraud call Melton Council’s benefit fraud team on 0800 028 2196.