Benefit fraud netted man £46,000 over six years
A MAN has admitted pocketing £46,000 in benefits during a fraud lasting nearly six years.
Kim Smith, aged 56, pleaded guilty to three charges of dishonestly failing to notify a change of circumstances.
He was wrongly paid incapacity benefit, income support and council tax relief because he did not inform the authorities of a pension from the Department for Work and Pensions.
It was the same department which ended up prosecuting him through the courts.
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Smith, of Eastern Avenue, Liskeard, had earlier denied dishonestly failing to notify a change of circumstances which would affect his benefit claims between September 2005 and June 2011. He was overpaid £45,997.65.
But he admitted the offences as he was due to go on trial at Plymouth Crown Court.
A previous hearing before magistrates was told Smith claimed benefits as a married man who was unable to take a job.
But investigators later found he was already being paid an occupational pension from the Department for Work and Pensions, where he used to work.
Piers Norsworthy, for Smith, said he had taken the relevant documentation into Liskeard job centre to be photocopied.
But he added: "It will have no effect on his sentence. He has indicated he failed to inform the authorities and that failure was dishonest."
The judge, Recorder Michael Selfe, ordered a probation report into his background before sentence.
Smith, who walks on crutches, was released on bail to return to court on November 16.