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Club worker accused of pounds 40,000 benefit fraud.

A NUNEATON man has appeared in court accused of fraudently claiming pounds 40,000 in benefits over seven years while working at a local Conservative club.

Robert Clay, aged 61, of Bermuda Village, appeared before town magistrates in a case brought by the Department of Works and Pensions. Prosecutor Chris Bailey said: "He made a claim for incapacity benefit in 1992 and it transpired that he started work at Chilvers Coton Conservative Club for an honorarium of pounds 226 a month, which was not declared.

The job began in April 2002 and continued until October 2009, when the matter came to light.

"The total amount claimed in benefit was pounds 40,374."

Clay was represented in court by a duty solicitor and offered no plea.

Magistrates sitting at Nuneaton agreed that, because of the length of time and the amount of money involved, the case should be dealt with at Crown Court.

The case has been adjourned until May 23 for committal proceedings.
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Apr 5, 2011
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