Car dealer hit with fine over benefit fraud
A man who bought and sold cars worth up to £540,000 has been found guilty of benefit fraud after failing to declare money earned while trading.
Alan Cooper, of Ashby Road in Measham, Leicestershire, has been found guilty of fraudulently claiming more than £22,000 in job seekers allowance and housing benefit after he failed to inform North West Leicestershire Council of his income as a motor trader.
An investigation by the council revealed that Mr Cooper had bought and sold more than 350 cars over a four-year period while claiming benefits he was not entitled to.
He was found guilty at Leicestershire Magistrates’ Court and handed a 12 week suspended sentence. He was also ordered to do 240 hours of unpaid work and pay £2,500 of compensation.
Roger Bayliss, North West Leicestershire Council’s cabinet member for housing, said the council would continue to pursue benefit fraudsters.
He said: ‘This prosecution sends a message to anyone who thinks that they can get away with putting in false and fraudulent claims for benefits.’
In the last year, North West Leicestershire has brought six prosecutions for benefit fraud and a further 22 penalties and cautions have also been issued.