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Dad fiddled pounds 37,000 in benefits; PLECK.

A FATHER of six fiddled nearly pounds 37,000 in benefits, a court heard.

Gul Tasib told the Department of Work and Pensions he had no savings when he applied for income support, said Benjamin Nicholls, prosecuting.

But the 52-year-old and his wife had over pounds 15,000 in savings while she also owned a house in another part of the town.

Mr Nicholls told Wolverhampton Crown Court Tasib carried on the fraud for over four years and he was overpaid pounds 36,882 by the Department.

Tasib, of Prince Street, Pleck, Walsall, admitted fraudulently obtaining benefits and he was given a ten-month jail term suspended for two years.

Recorder William Davis QC further ruled he should be under supervision for two years and told him he richly deserved to go behind bars.

But he said he was just able to suspend the sentence because of claims it had not started out as fraud, he was a man of good character and also suffering from medical problems.

Mr Nicholls said that when Tasib began making the false claim his wife had a house in Reservoir Road while the family had savings of around pounds 15,000 when the limit was pounds 8,000 when claiming benefits.
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