Benefits cheat lied about his health

Teesside Crown Court

Teesside Crown Court

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A BENEFITS cheat could be jailed for a six-year swindle which netted him £46,000 he should not have had.

Keith Brown lied about the extent of his health so he could rake in Disability Living Allowance, a court heard.

Even when the 56-year-old was fit to work, he did not tell officials and continued to get Incapacity Benefit.

Then when he did find work, he did not declare it and picked up his Employment Support Allowance.

Brown also got housing benefit and Council Tax relief by lying to Middlesbrough Council about his state.

He will be sentenced at Teesside Crown Court once background reports have been prepared on him.

His barrister, Duncan McReddie, told the court that he is to have extensive back surgery before then.

Brown, of Salisbury Street, Thornaby, admitted four charges of failing to notify a change of circumstances, Granting him bail, Judge George Moorhouse told him: "You will come back here, health provided, on April 17.

"I am going to ask for a pre-sentence report. The mere fact I am asking for a report must not give you false hope."

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