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Footballer on a pounds 12k fraud rap.

FORMER football hardman Billy Whitehurst has been charged with benefit fraud.

The ex-Sheffield Utd striker is accused of failing to declare income from a personal pension while claiming pounds 12,000 incapacity benefit for an ankle injury between January 2001 and June 2004.

Father-of-two Whitehurst, 45 - who also had playing spells at Newcastle, Sunderland, Hull City and Stoke - was regarded as one of the game's toughest centre forwards during the 1980s.

Fraud officers launched an investigation into Whitehurst - who quit football to run a pub in Sheffield in the 1990s - following an anonymous tip-off last year.

He is due to appear before Barnsley magistrates on March 24.
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Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Mar 13, 2005
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