Kettering man admits wrongly claiming £13,000 in benefits

Crown Court GV'
Crown Court GV'

A Kettering man has been given a suspended jail sentence after he admitted falsely claiming more than £13,000 in benefits.

Geoffrey McAllister, 68, of Grange Road, Kettering, appeared at Northampton Crown Court after he pleaded guilty to claiming £80 a week in pension credit that he was not entitled to as he was working.

The court heard that McAllister got a job at Paperchase in September 2008, six months after he had started claiming pension credit.

However, he failed to notify the Department of Work and Pensions of his change in circumstances until it came to light in September 2011.

In total McAllister falsely claimed £13,350.

The court heard he had started paying back the money at a rate of £200 per month and had paid back £1,900.

Recorder Tracey Lloyd-Nesling sentenced McAllister to 12 weeks in prison, suspended for a year.