FEB 01] COVENTRY CITY COUNCIL NEWS
£1.5m Benefit Fraud Uncovered In Coventry
officers in Coventry say they have saved £1.5m this year by
tackling fraudsters and sending them to court.
claim follows the latest successful prosecution when a person was
convicted by city magistrates for falsely claiming housing
realised that the name of the landlord on an application was
false, and it was in fact their partner who owned the address.
December Malcolm Parkhouse McHale was sentenced to 21
months’ after admitting eight specimen charges of false
accounting. In total he received more than £40,000 to which he
was not entitled.
continued to claim income support, housing and council tax benefit
for five years despite being in full time employment.
John Mutton, cabinet member (Resources), said Coventry City Council
is determined to stamp out abuse in the city.
are a very small minority of local people who commit benefit
fraud and we are determined to identify them.
are responding to government calls to prosecute fraudsters and a
tightening sanctions against the perpetrators.
city council has around 20 cases waiting to go to court and
apart from the savings that we make when we complete a
successful prosecution, it sends a clear message that we will
continue to rigorously monitor those claimants who try to
exploit the system.”
Mutton said that genuine claimants who were not receiving their
full entitlement were also being encouraged to come forward.