Benefits cheat is sentenced at Hastings court

A 50 year old man who falsely claimed benefits appeared in Hastings Magistrates court on the December 20, 2013 after he failed to tell the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) and Hastings Borough Council of his true circumstances.

A joint investigation with the DWP and the council finally came to fruition after a complex investigation that lasted for approximately 12 months.

Mr Robert Olah, formally, of 22 Fearon Road, Hastings, admitted to falsely claiming £5,634.24 Employment and Support Allowance and Housing and Council Tax Benefit when he failed to declare that he was working between October 2011 and April 2012.

Olah, now residing in Bexhill, re-appeared at Hastings Magistrates Court on January 7 and was sentenced to a community order until January 6, 2015 and to undertake a 100 hours of unpaid work.

Costs of £110.00 were awarded against Mr Olah and he was ordered to repay all the overpaid benefits.

A council spokesperson said: “If you suspect somebody is committing benefit fraud, call the council’s investigation hotline anonymously on 01424 451082.”