£2,000 benefit fraudster gets community service

Steven Karley fraudulently claimed over £2,000

Steven Karley fraudulently claimed over £2,000

First published in News Sutton Guardian: Photograph of the Author by , Chief reporter covering Wandsworth

A benefit fraudster has been sentenced to 120 hours of community service after claiming more than £2,000.

Steven Karley of Whitby Gardens, Sutton, pleaded guilty to making false statements in order to obtain income support, job seekers allowance and housing and council tax benefit.

The court heard Karley claimed benefits as a single adult with no income when he returned to work as a Domestic Helper in August 2012 and failed to declare it to the council and the Department for Work and Pensions.

This resulted in an overpayment of Benefit totalling £2,156.

Karley appeared at Croydon Magistrates Court, on February 3, and in passing his sentence the Magistrates said: “We have to take into consideration that you have changed your plea from not guilty to guilty which has saved wasting the Courts time. However this is a serious offence against the public purse.”

Councillor Richard Clifton, Sutton’s lead councillor on revenue and benefits, said: “We are pleased the work of our investigation team is getting results and they will continue to find all those who steal benefits.

“It is imperative that we catch people that are cheating the system – those who steal benefits are picking the pockets of law-abiding taxpayers.”

If you think someone is claiming benefits they are not entitled to, call the council's investigation team, confidentially, on 020 8770 5687 or visit sutton.gov.uk.

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12:57pm Sat 15 Feb 14

theavengers says...

but if he just came over from the eu he'd have a free house waiting for him and his family, full benefits and no need to work, a school place for his kids, and a car. really, £2100 for a guy who started working isn't a patch on what we allow everyday from immigrants and criminals.
but if he just came over from the eu he'd have a free house waiting for him and his family, full benefits and no need to work, a school place for his kids, and a car. really, £2100 for a guy who started working isn't a patch on what we allow everyday from immigrants and criminals. theavengers
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5:36pm Sat 15 Feb 14

1localman says...

theavengers wrote:
but if he just came over from the eu he'd have a free house waiting for him and his family, full benefits and no need to work, a school place for his kids, and a car. really, £2100 for a guy who started working isn't a patch on what we allow everyday from immigrants and criminals.
I would appeal to everyone to vote for UKIP . At least they know what the pubic want from them.
[quote][p][bold]theavengers[/bold] wrote: but if he just came over from the eu he'd have a free house waiting for him and his family, full benefits and no need to work, a school place for his kids, and a car. really, £2100 for a guy who started working isn't a patch on what we allow everyday from immigrants and criminals.[/p][/quote]I would appeal to everyone to vote for UKIP . At least they know what the pubic want from them. 1localman
  • Score: -1

7:55am Sun 16 Feb 14

Binsanity says...

The Lib-Dems have being picking the pockets of law abiding tax payers for years, no crime there though.
The Lib-Dems have being picking the pockets of law abiding tax payers for years, no crime there though. Binsanity
  • Score: -1

11:27am Sun 16 Feb 14

Mr Flange of Wallington says...

Bet he doesn't earn £18 an hour as a domestic helper (120hours for £2,156)

Theft is theft.
Bet he doesn't earn £18 an hour as a domestic helper (120hours for £2,156) Theft is theft. Mr Flange of Wallington
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