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Benefit cheat in court.

A BENEFITS has been stripped of his allowances and ordered to pay back pounds 2,480.

Philip Pulford, 58, of Thorneycroft Street, Birkenhead, admitted making seven fraudulent benefit claims in court.

He had also claimed housing benefit, saying he had limited income and no savings.

The court heard that in January last year, information from the Housing Benefit Matching Services (HBMS) indicated Pulford's wife was in employment throughout his claim.

He had also failed to declare a relevant bank account. Pulford was sentenced to a three-month nightime curfew order.

He was ordered to pay back the amount he dishonestly received and pounds 100 court costs.

Malcolm Flanagan, Wirral council's assistant director of finance, said: "Benefit fraud costs Wirral people dearly."
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Feb 2, 2008
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