Benefit fraudster admits falsely claiming more than £100,000 at Somersham address

12:00 15 June 2014

John Bolton will be sentenced after admitting six counts of benefit fraud

John Bolton will be sentenced after admitting six counts of benefit fraud

Archant

A former Somersham resident has admitted fraudulently claiming benefits totalling more than £100,000 over 10 years following a tip-off from a member of the public.

John Bolton, formerly of Springfields, appeared at Peterborough Magistrates’ Court on Monday (June 9) charged with six counts of fraud between 2003 and 2013.

The 63-year-old, who now lives in Loughton, Essex, had been living in a property managed by Huntingdon-based social landlord Luminus.

The court heard how Bolton had failed to declare he was married in 2003, moved to Essex but kept claiming benefit from the Somersham address from 2003-2008, had set up a business in 2004 and had assets worth more than £30,000 in 2005.

Bolton also admitted sub-letting his Luminus property for five years between 2008 and 2013 and claiming council tax discounts at the same address from 2006-2011.

He has since repaid all the money owed to Luminus and Huntingdonshire District Council, which brought the prosecution against Bolton after an investigation by its fraud team was sparked by the tip-off.

The case was adjourned and Bolton is due to be sentenced at the same court on Monday, June 30.

INFORMATION: If you know someone who is cheating the benefits system, call HDC’s confidential fraud line on 01480 388188, visit www.huntingdonshire.gov.uk, or email benefitfraud@huntsdc.gcsx.gov.uk.

More news stories

Fri, 16:13

A proposal for more than 290 houses in Sawtry will be “a burden on infrastructure”, according to a councillor.

Fri, 13:41

Highways England has warned of lane closures and possible delays as a result of roadworks scheduled to take place on the A14 and A1 over the coming week.

Fri, 10:58

Trees were felled, transport networks disrupted and power to hundreds of homes cut as Storm Doris swept through Huntingdonshire on Thursday.

Fri, 10:11

A memorial bench dedicated to a St Neots man who died from cancer has been stolen from its riverside location.

Most read stories

Local business directory

Cambridgeshire's trusted business finder
HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Hunts Post e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter