Our Success is in our members who value our strength as a valued community.
Forum Stats
12226 Members
65 Forums
72758 Topics
980632 Posts
51 posts in the last 24hrs
Max Online: 7831 @ 8th Apr 2013 4:18pm
Who's Online - Click Me
85 registered (11kendo, 15 invisible), 1762 Guests and 174 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Social Media : Follow Us


(Views 7days)This Weeks Most Read
Doris is on her way 1329
vet fees 439
Internet Explorer Not Working 413
Is This ART ? 410
Dangerous Tumble Dryers 359
Chef's knife. 357
roofers 257
Wirral Bus Review 255
Aerial engineer 232
TV wall mount wanted. 178
New General Forums
Nigel Farage speaks at the CPAC.
by snowhite
24th Feb 2017 6:28pm
Is This ART ?
by granny
23rd Feb 2017 9:56am
Wirral track renewal
by snowhite
22nd Feb 2017 2:42pm
Ice in the 1800's
by granny
21st Feb 2017 9:47pm
New Wirral History
Seeking old pictures of Egerton Street area, Birkenhead
by yoller
19th Feb 2017 7:53pm
TS Indefatigable
by granny
18th Feb 2017 3:32pm
RIP : Chris Kay
by granny
31st Aug 2016 9:25am
Children's home on the Overchurch
by xleahx
26th Apr 2011 7:01pm
423 Archers, Wirral Mark Rake, Wirral, Merseyside
by derekdwc
13th Sep 2009 10:50pm
Forum Tips
Photo Gallery Forums
Birkenhead Transport Museum 24th Feb 2017
fireworks on the Mersey last night
Topic Replies
St Gabriel's Convent, Liverpool
by diggingdeeper
4 minutes 6 seconds ago
What song are you listening to?
by Dilly
19 minutes 21 seconds ago
Patio work
by steamfan
Today at 05:51 PM
USB to wall socket
by venice
Today at 05:06 PM
Tranmere Rovers
by spinner1
Today at 02:20 PM
2x Brit Floyd tickets 3rd March City entrance
by ambersmum
Today at 10:46 AM
Removal of Shed Timber
by fish5133
Yesterday at 10:45 PM
Is This ART ?
by Greenwood
Yesterday at 07:06 PM
Doris is on her way
by diggingdeeper
Yesterday at 06:06 PM
February
M Tu W Th F Sa Su
1 2 3 4 5
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
27 28
Recent Posts : What's On ?
Lion Salt Works/Weaver Hall Museum
by venice
19th Feb 2017 12:19pm
Wirral TUC Meeting re Update on Wallasey CLP Suspe
by RUDEBOX
13th Feb 2017 8:50pm
Topic Options
Rate This Topic
#294447 - 24th Feb 2009 4:59pm benefits cheat filmed driving forklift truck
_jase_
Unregistered


Southport benefits cheat filmed driving forklift truck at scrapyard is jailed




A CONMAN who swindled nearly £35,000 in benefits by claiming he could barely walk was captured on camera running a scrapyard.

For nearly eight years James Smith, 48, said he need full-time care because of a disabled leg and an enlarged heart.

But Liverpool crown court heard in 2006 he took over the running of his dad’s Chorley scrapyard. Undercover officers videoed him driving a forklift truck and pushing cars around.

Jailing him for 10 months, Judge Nigel Gilmour QC said he had “pulled the wool” over his GP’s eyes.

He told Smith: “You need punishment to deter you and to deter others who abuse the benefits system.”

Prosecutor Nicola Daley said Smith had been receiving the highest rate of disability living allowance because he had claimed he was incapable of caring for himself.

In 2005, he filled in a form saying he was breathless even sitting down, struggled to get out of a chair and couldn’t walk more then 20 metres. But following a tip-off, investigators placed Smith under surveillance. Miss Daley said: “The defendant was seen going to the scrapyard, driving heavy vehicles, moving items around there and not really having any real difficulties.”

Smith, of Shaws Road, Birkdale, also claimed housing benefit and council tax despite living in a Southport home owned by his dad.

He admitted one charge of dishonestly making false representations and two of dishonestly failing to notify a change of circumstances between August 2004 and January 2008, making a total overpayment of £34,711.

His barrister Desmond Lennon said Smith had suffered a severe leg injury and was still not in the best of health.

A DWP spokesman said: “A lot of people are dependant on society security benefits. We have a duty to make sure benefits are given to the right people.”

Anyone with information about alleged benefits cheats should call the DWP free hotline on 0800 854440 or Sefton council on 0800 0567000

THE ECHO

Top
National News : Advertising
Click me for more Information......

* * * Emelec Electrical Services * * *
Now Advertise with WikiWirral.
WikiWirral stats 35,000 Page Views a Day +500 Search Engines.. Click Me
#294454 - 24th Feb 2009 5:11pm Re: benefits cheat filmed driving forklift truck [Re: ]
Wheels Offline
Wiki Veteran

Registered: 4th Jan 2005
Posts: 8795
Loc: Tranmere
bstard!

I could be doing his job

Top
#294459 - 24th Feb 2009 5:21pm Re: benefits cheat filmed driving forklift truck [Re: Wheels]
Tony_1985 Offline

Forum Master

Registered: 19th Aug 2006
Posts: 2421
Loc: Ellesmere Port
1 down, 1000s to go

Top

Moderator:  Mod 
Random Wirral Images

Click to View Topic.
Newest Topics
St Gabriel's Convent, Liverpool
by diggingdeeper
Today at 05:58 PM
USB to wall socket
by venice
Today at 01:04 PM
Tranmere Rovers
by cools
Yesterday at 09:17 PM
Removal of Shed Timber
by Julie64
Yesterday at 01:31 PM
Wirral Bus Review
by Norton
24th Feb 2017 11:42am
For Sale & Free
Blaupunkt 32" tv
by jaylow
Yesterday at 03:04 PM
2 x Sum 41 tickets Manchester 25/02
by turnip
24th Feb 2017 7:47am
Sony Smartwatch 2
by Mike_Hoylake
23rd Feb 2017 9:25pm
Brother printer
by saltytom
23rd Feb 2017 11:02am
Mk6 Golf TDI 1.6
by Cjoshea
22nd Feb 2017 11:05pm
Featured Member
Registered: 15th Dec 2011
Posts: 1008
Newest Members
catchthepigeon_, Scoobyp1, Bradshawbatho, raybb, CliveK
12226 Registered Users
Today's Birthdays
No Birthdays
New Wirral Info
Removal of Shed Timber
by Julie64
Yesterday at 01:31 PM
Aerial engineer
by ponytail
23rd Feb 2017 6:01pm
roofers
by thisledous
23rd Feb 2017 4:44pm
Lion Salt Works/Weaver Hall Museum
by paxvobiscum
18th Feb 2017 9:19pm
Patio work
by steamfan
18th Feb 2017 3:45pm
News : New Topics
Wirral Bus Review
by Norton
24th Feb 2017 11:42am
Dangerous Tumble Dryers
by diggingdeeper
23rd Feb 2017 2:03pm
Doris is on her way
by granny
22nd Feb 2017 8:43pm
Hezballah
by venice
17th Feb 2017 11:15am
On-street parking charges dropped
by oldpm01
15th Feb 2017 9:10am
New Enthusiast Forums
St Gabriel's Convent, Liverpool
by diggingdeeper
Today at 05:58 PM
USB to wall socket
by venice
Today at 01:04 PM
Tranmere Rovers
by cools
Yesterday at 09:17 PM
Chef's knife.
by Beethoven
23rd Feb 2017 12:39pm
irish music entertainer for St Patrick's night
by kazaroo
22nd Feb 2017 3:07pm
(Views 24hrs)Trending Newest Topics
USB to wall socket 138
St Gabriel's Convent, Liverpool 14
Birkenhead Transport Museum 24th Feb 2017 7
Wirral Sunrise Sunset
Sunrise Sun 7:04am
Sunset Sun 5:45pm
Local Time Sun 9:49pm
WikiWirral Can . . . .
Advertising Click me
To Advertise with
Wikiwirral Click Me