Benefit cheat caught claiming more than £13,500

Benefit cheat caught claiming more than £13,500

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Laura Enfield

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Benefit cheat caught claiming more than £13,500

An anonymous tip off has led to a benefit cheat being brought to justice.

Maidenhead man Robert Kenny was caught out after fraudulently claiming £13,590.07 in benefits.

The 43-year-old of Deansfield Close, Maidenhead, appeared at Maidenhead Magistrates on November 11 and pleased guilty to three offences of failing to give prompt notification of a change affecting entitlement.

On Tuesday he was sentenced at Reading Magistrates Court and given 12 months to carry out 160 hours of unpaid work and pay  £10,784.87 in compensation to the courts.

The remaining balance will be paid to the Royal Borough.

The case arose as a result of an anonymous referral to the Beat the Cheat hotline on 0500 353300.

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