Rochford railway worker admitted £15,000 benefit fraud at Southend Magistrates Court

Man guilty of £15,000 benefit fraud

Man guilty of £15,000 benefit fraud

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A former Railway worker from Rochford has pleaded guilty to fraudulently claiming more than £15,000 in benefits.

Andrew Porter, 62, of Leecon Way, Rochford, pleaded guilty to fraudulently claiming Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit by making a false statement whilst receiving an Occupational Pension from the Railway Pension Scheme.

Southend Magistrates Court heard he claimed the benefits whilst receiving an undeclared occupational pension.

From January 2008 to January 2013 he fraudulently claimed Housing Benefit of £12,347.65 and Council Tax Benefit of £3,169.48. The total overpayment for the period was £15,517.13.

Porter was sentenced to two months imprisonment suspended for 12 months and ordered to undertake 200 hours of unpaid work in the community. He was also ordered to pay costs of £350 and a victim surcharge of £60, all of which have to be paid within 14 days of the hearing. In addition, the outstanding overpayment will also be recovered in full by the council.

Malcolm Maddocks, Rochford District councillor responsible for council tax collection and benefits, said: “Benefits are there to help people who genuinely need financial help, however, we will not tolerate people who abuse the system and fraudulently claim money to which they are not entitled.

“The sentence handed down by the court sends a strong message that we will not tolerate the abuse of public funds. It is a minority of people who try to play the system but we are determined to put a stop to this crime and bring the perpetrators of benefit fraud to justice.”

If you suspect anyone of committing benefit fraud you can contact the council's investigation team in the strictest confidence on 01702 318041 or by emailing fraud@rochford.gov.uk

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2:49pm Fri 28 Mar 14

Kim ;Gandy says...

I'm afraid to say worse crimes occur daily, and if even caught, get off.
At 62 and having worked and paid his way, it's very unfortunate that, he has been hauled before the courts.
I'm afraid to say worse crimes occur daily, and if even caught, get off. At 62 and having worked and paid his way, it's very unfortunate that, he has been hauled before the courts. Kim ;Gandy
  • Score: -8

3:02pm Fri 28 Mar 14

supermadmax says...

"“The sentence handed down by the court sends a strong message that we will not tolerate the abuse of public funds."

Hey? Did I read a different story ? He stole 15 bags of sand and got fined £350 + a few Sundays exercise in the park standing about chatting. If anything this 'message' by the court will encourage others to give it a shot.
"“The sentence handed down by the court sends a strong message that we will not tolerate the abuse of public funds." Hey? Did I read a different story ? He stole 15 bags of sand and got fined £350 + a few Sundays exercise in the park standing about chatting. If anything this 'message' by the court will encourage others to give it a shot. supermadmax
  • Score: 4

3:42pm Fri 28 Mar 14

Lucie2013 says...

Kim ;Gandy wrote:
I'm afraid to say worse crimes occur daily, and if even caught, get off.
At 62 and having worked and paid his way, it's very unfortunate that, he has been hauled before the courts.
It sounds like you are condoning what he did and at aged 62 he should be old enough to bloody well know better to be quite honest with you!
[quote][p][bold]Kim ;Gandy[/bold] wrote: I'm afraid to say worse crimes occur daily, and if even caught, get off. At 62 and having worked and paid his way, it's very unfortunate that, he has been hauled before the courts.[/p][/quote]It sounds like you are condoning what he did and at aged 62 he should be old enough to bloody well know better to be quite honest with you! Lucie2013
  • Score: 10

3:56pm Fri 28 Mar 14

I hate the police! says...

Lucie2013 wrote:
Kim ;Gandy wrote:
I'm afraid to say worse crimes occur daily, and if even caught, get off.
At 62 and having worked and paid his way, it's very unfortunate that, he has been hauled before the courts.
It sounds like you are condoning what he did and at aged 62 he should be old enough to bloody well know better to be quite honest with you!
If you can get away with it why not? Not to your advantage struggling through life and working endlessly. I love making money illegally.
[quote][p][bold]Lucie2013[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Kim ;Gandy[/bold] wrote: I'm afraid to say worse crimes occur daily, and if even caught, get off. At 62 and having worked and paid his way, it's very unfortunate that, he has been hauled before the courts.[/p][/quote]It sounds like you are condoning what he did and at aged 62 he should be old enough to bloody well know better to be quite honest with you![/p][/quote]If you can get away with it why not? Not to your advantage struggling through life and working endlessly. I love making money illegally. I hate the police!
  • Score: -9

4:15pm Fri 28 Mar 14

runwellian says...

I hate the police! wrote:
Lucie2013 wrote:
Kim ;Gandy wrote:
I'm afraid to say worse crimes occur daily, and if even caught, get off.
At 62 and having worked and paid his way, it's very unfortunate that, he has been hauled before the courts.
It sounds like you are condoning what he did and at aged 62 he should be old enough to bloody well know better to be quite honest with you!
If you can get away with it why not? Not to your advantage struggling through life and working endlessly. I love making money illegally.
200 hours community service paid at £10 per hour is much less than £15.000 ... so crime does pay?

Something worth considering, a life of crime, a nice car, latest mod cons at home and just a slap on the writs when you get caught!
[quote][p][bold]I hate the police![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lucie2013[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Kim ;Gandy[/bold] wrote: I'm afraid to say worse crimes occur daily, and if even caught, get off. At 62 and having worked and paid his way, it's very unfortunate that, he has been hauled before the courts.[/p][/quote]It sounds like you are condoning what he did and at aged 62 he should be old enough to bloody well know better to be quite honest with you![/p][/quote]If you can get away with it why not? Not to your advantage struggling through life and working endlessly. I love making money illegally.[/p][/quote]200 hours community service paid at £10 per hour is much less than £15.000 ... so crime does pay? Something worth considering, a life of crime, a nice car, latest mod cons at home and just a slap on the writs when you get caught! runwellian
  • Score: -2

4:35pm Fri 28 Mar 14

John Bull 40 says...

runwellian wrote:
I hate the police! wrote:
Lucie2013 wrote:
Kim ;Gandy wrote:
I'm afraid to say worse crimes occur daily, and if even caught, get off.
At 62 and having worked and paid his way, it's very unfortunate that, he has been hauled before the courts.
It sounds like you are condoning what he did and at aged 62 he should be old enough to bloody well know better to be quite honest with you!
If you can get away with it why not? Not to your advantage struggling through life and working endlessly. I love making money illegally.
200 hours community service paid at £10 per hour is much less than £15.000 ... so crime does pay?

Something worth considering, a life of crime, a nice car, latest mod cons at home and just a slap on the writs when you get caught!
He has got to pay the money that he fiddled back, or cant you read.
[quote][p][bold]runwellian[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]I hate the police![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lucie2013[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Kim ;Gandy[/bold] wrote: I'm afraid to say worse crimes occur daily, and if even caught, get off. At 62 and having worked and paid his way, it's very unfortunate that, he has been hauled before the courts.[/p][/quote]It sounds like you are condoning what he did and at aged 62 he should be old enough to bloody well know better to be quite honest with you![/p][/quote]If you can get away with it why not? Not to your advantage struggling through life and working endlessly. I love making money illegally.[/p][/quote]200 hours community service paid at £10 per hour is much less than £15.000 ... so crime does pay? Something worth considering, a life of crime, a nice car, latest mod cons at home and just a slap on the writs when you get caught![/p][/quote]He has got to pay the money that he fiddled back, or cant you read. John Bull 40
  • Score: 13

5:36pm Fri 28 Mar 14

Royr says...

supermadmax wrote:
"“The sentence handed down by the court sends a strong message that we will not tolerate the abuse of public funds."

Hey? Did I read a different story ? He stole 15 bags of sand and got fined £350 + a few Sundays exercise in the park standing about chatting. If anything this 'message' by the court will encourage others to give it a shot.
I certainly read a different story!
What have 15 bags of sand got to do with the price of fish - or is this another case of the Echo website treating 2 different stories like a train crash?
[quote][p][bold]supermadmax[/bold] wrote: "“The sentence handed down by the court sends a strong message that we will not tolerate the abuse of public funds." Hey? Did I read a different story ? He stole 15 bags of sand and got fined £350 + a few Sundays exercise in the park standing about chatting. If anything this 'message' by the court will encourage others to give it a shot.[/p][/quote]I certainly read a different story! What have 15 bags of sand got to do with the price of fish - or is this another case of the Echo website treating 2 different stories like a train crash? Royr
  • Score: -1

5:37pm Fri 28 Mar 14

Royr says...

I hate the police! wrote:
Lucie2013 wrote:
Kim ;Gandy wrote:
I'm afraid to say worse crimes occur daily, and if even caught, get off.
At 62 and having worked and paid his way, it's very unfortunate that, he has been hauled before the courts.
It sounds like you are condoning what he did and at aged 62 he should be old enough to bloody well know better to be quite honest with you!
If you can get away with it why not? Not to your advantage struggling through life and working endlessly. I love making money illegally.
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE go away
[quote][p][bold]I hate the police![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lucie2013[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Kim ;Gandy[/bold] wrote: I'm afraid to say worse crimes occur daily, and if even caught, get off. At 62 and having worked and paid his way, it's very unfortunate that, he has been hauled before the courts.[/p][/quote]It sounds like you are condoning what he did and at aged 62 he should be old enough to bloody well know better to be quite honest with you![/p][/quote]If you can get away with it why not? Not to your advantage struggling through life and working endlessly. I love making money illegally.[/p][/quote]PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE go away Royr
  • Score: 5

7:14pm Fri 28 Mar 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

Kim ;Gandy wrote:
I'm afraid to say worse crimes occur daily, and if even caught, get off.
At 62 and having worked and paid his way, it's very unfortunate that, he has been hauled before the courts.
This mans actions deprived others help, try thinking Gandy, your posts have been reported...
[quote][p][bold]Kim ;Gandy[/bold] wrote: I'm afraid to say worse crimes occur daily, and if even caught, get off. At 62 and having worked and paid his way, it's very unfortunate that, he has been hauled before the courts.[/p][/quote]This mans actions deprived others help, try thinking Gandy, your posts have been reported... carnmountyouknowitmakessense
  • Score: 1

9:04am Sat 29 Mar 14

Nelly99 says...

John Bull 40 wrote:
runwellian wrote:
I hate the police! wrote:
Lucie2013 wrote:
Kim ;Gandy wrote: I'm afraid to say worse crimes occur daily, and if even caught, get off. At 62 and having worked and paid his way, it's very unfortunate that, he has been hauled before the courts.
It sounds like you are condoning what he did and at aged 62 he should be old enough to bloody well know better to be quite honest with you!
If you can get away with it why not? Not to your advantage struggling through life and working endlessly. I love making money illegally.
200 hours community service paid at £10 per hour is much less than £15.000 ... so crime does pay? Something worth considering, a life of crime, a nice car, latest mod cons at home and just a slap on the writs when you get caught!
He has got to pay the money that he fiddled back, or cant you read.
Actually it doesn't work like that and since he obviously hasn't got £15,000 they claw it back in small increments from future benefits and pensions etc. So in effect he never pays it back. AND much as I hate the poster "I hate the Police", you have to say he is right and that crime really does pay. There is even a programme on 5 currently showing you exactly how to shoplift. The penalties in the unlikely event you are caught are laughable and if I wasn't an honest man I'd do it myself.
[quote][p][bold]John Bull 40[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]runwellian[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]I hate the police![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lucie2013[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Kim ;Gandy[/bold] wrote: I'm afraid to say worse crimes occur daily, and if even caught, get off. At 62 and having worked and paid his way, it's very unfortunate that, he has been hauled before the courts.[/p][/quote]It sounds like you are condoning what he did and at aged 62 he should be old enough to bloody well know better to be quite honest with you![/p][/quote]If you can get away with it why not? Not to your advantage struggling through life and working endlessly. I love making money illegally.[/p][/quote]200 hours community service paid at £10 per hour is much less than £15.000 ... so crime does pay? Something worth considering, a life of crime, a nice car, latest mod cons at home and just a slap on the writs when you get caught![/p][/quote]He has got to pay the money that he fiddled back, or cant you read.[/p][/quote]Actually it doesn't work like that and since he obviously hasn't got £15,000 they claw it back in small increments from future benefits and pensions etc. So in effect he never pays it back. AND much as I hate the poster "I hate the Police", you have to say he is right and that crime really does pay. There is even a programme on 5 currently showing you exactly how to shoplift. The penalties in the unlikely event you are caught are laughable and if I wasn't an honest man I'd do it myself. Nelly99
  • Score: 0

10:04am Sat 29 Mar 14

I hate the police! says...

Nelly99 wrote:
John Bull 40 wrote:
runwellian wrote:
I hate the police! wrote:
Lucie2013 wrote:
Kim ;Gandy wrote: I'm afraid to say worse crimes occur daily, and if even caught, get off. At 62 and having worked and paid his way, it's very unfortunate that, he has been hauled before the courts.
It sounds like you are condoning what he did and at aged 62 he should be old enough to bloody well know better to be quite honest with you!
If you can get away with it why not? Not to your advantage struggling through life and working endlessly. I love making money illegally.
200 hours community service paid at £10 per hour is much less than £15.000 ... so crime does pay? Something worth considering, a life of crime, a nice car, latest mod cons at home and just a slap on the writs when you get caught!
He has got to pay the money that he fiddled back, or cant you read.
Actually it doesn't work like that and since he obviously hasn't got £15,000 they claw it back in small increments from future benefits and pensions etc. So in effect he never pays it back. AND much as I hate the poster "I hate the Police", you have to say he is right and that crime really does pay. There is even a programme on 5 currently showing you exactly how to shoplift. The penalties in the unlikely event you are caught are laughable and if I wasn't an honest man I'd do it myself.
So try it yourself and put a few quid in your pocket. Just gotta be careful and subtle and not draw too much attention.
[quote][p][bold]Nelly99[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]John Bull 40[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]runwellian[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]I hate the police![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lucie2013[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Kim ;Gandy[/bold] wrote: I'm afraid to say worse crimes occur daily, and if even caught, get off. At 62 and having worked and paid his way, it's very unfortunate that, he has been hauled before the courts.[/p][/quote]It sounds like you are condoning what he did and at aged 62 he should be old enough to bloody well know better to be quite honest with you![/p][/quote]If you can get away with it why not? Not to your advantage struggling through life and working endlessly. I love making money illegally.[/p][/quote]200 hours community service paid at £10 per hour is much less than £15.000 ... so crime does pay? Something worth considering, a life of crime, a nice car, latest mod cons at home and just a slap on the writs when you get caught![/p][/quote]He has got to pay the money that he fiddled back, or cant you read.[/p][/quote]Actually it doesn't work like that and since he obviously hasn't got £15,000 they claw it back in small increments from future benefits and pensions etc. So in effect he never pays it back. AND much as I hate the poster "I hate the Police", you have to say he is right and that crime really does pay. There is even a programme on 5 currently showing you exactly how to shoplift. The penalties in the unlikely event you are caught are laughable and if I wasn't an honest man I'd do it myself.[/p][/quote]So try it yourself and put a few quid in your pocket. Just gotta be careful and subtle and not draw too much attention. I hate the police!
  • Score: 0

11:24pm Sun 30 Mar 14

profondo asbo says...

but i thought benefit fraud was just a right wing conspiracy...
but i thought benefit fraud was just a right wing conspiracy... profondo asbo
  • Score: 1

7:54am Mon 31 Mar 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

Lucie2013 wrote:
Kim ;Gandy wrote:
I'm afraid to say worse crimes occur daily, and if even caught, get off.
At 62 and having worked and paid his way, it's very unfortunate that, he has been hauled before the courts.
It sounds like you are condoning what he did and at aged 62 he should be old enough to bloody well know better to be quite honest with you!
Thats rich from Gandy, the flaw in the flats lady, high time she left the room.
[quote][p][bold]Lucie2013[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Kim ;Gandy[/bold] wrote: I'm afraid to say worse crimes occur daily, and if even caught, get off. At 62 and having worked and paid his way, it's very unfortunate that, he has been hauled before the courts.[/p][/quote]It sounds like you are condoning what he did and at aged 62 he should be old enough to bloody well know better to be quite honest with you![/p][/quote]Thats rich from Gandy, the flaw in the flats lady, high time she left the room. carnmountyouknowitmakessense
  • Score: 2

1:41pm Fri 18 Apr 14

Alpha 1 Legal says...

Was he caught by council investigators or private investigators, does anyone know?
Was he caught by council investigators or private investigators, does anyone know? Alpha 1 Legal
  • Score: 0

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