A PENSIONER lied about his income for six years to claim £4,500 worth of income support he was not entitled too.
Anthony Hall, 57, failed to disclose his pension when he claimed an extra £13 per week from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) since 2009.
He is already having his income docked to repay the money, Sunderland magistrates heard.
Prosecutor Paul Anderson said Hall, of Cathedral View, Newbottle, told the DWP, that he was unemployed and had no other income when he started claiming income support in 1992.
When interviewed by officers he said he had notified the department when he got his pension in 2009, but there was no record of this, Mr Anderson said, and he continued to claim.
“Measures are already in place for the overpayment to be recompensed by deduction from his existing benefits,” he added.
Hall admitted making a false statement in that he failed to disclose his pension, when claiming income support between March 2009 and April this year
Robin Ford, defending, said: “He has never been dishonest in his life. The difference is £13 per week. He did defraud the department but not in a huge way. Having made a call to them in 2008, 2009 and 2010,when asked if he had any other income he has told them ‘no’, when he should have told them ‘yes’.
“It wasn’t deliberate in that he went out of his way to hide it. He tells me ‘I’m and honest man I should have told them about the pension’.
“He has never been in trouble before. He’s had the embarrassment of having to come to a solicitors’ office asking for help. He’s had the embarrassment of coming into court and of losing his good character.”
Hall was handed a 12-month conditional discharge and told to pay £85 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.