DEC 00] COVENTRY CITY COUNCIL NEWS
Fraud Trickster Jailed For £40,000 Scam
Coventry benefit fraudster has been sent to prison after admitting
swindling almost £40,000 in false claims.
Parkhouse McHale was sentenced to 21 months’ after admitting
eight specimen charges of false accounting.
Crown Court heard that McHale continued to claim income support,
housing and council tax benefit for five years despite being in
full time employment.
claims amounted to nearly £40,000 of money to which he was not
was caught after suspicious fraud investigators at Coventry City
Council launched an inquiry into his circumstances.
was told when being sentenced that “benefit fraud is a national
disease” by the judge.
manager Steven Newman said:
is for the needy – not the greedy. This conviction shows that
Coventry City Council is committed to fighting benefit fraud.”
John Mutton, cabinet member (Resources), said:
hope that this will be a lesson to any others that may be
tempted to defraud the council.
we will do everything possible to help people claim benefit that
they are entitles to, we’ll have no hesitation in clamping
down on those guilty of fraud.
is not just the council that they are defrauding but the council
tax payers of Coventry.”