Man falsely claimed £7k housing benefit

The Boston Borough Council building.
The Boston Borough Council building.

A man claimed more than £7,000 in housing benefit for a property he no longer lived in.

Walter Felix, 50, appeared before Boston magistrates on Wednesday, January 21.

Felix, now of Main Ridge West, admitted he had moved out of the property in High Street which he had claimed benefit for months earlier.

He did not make a new claim for benefit for the address he had moved to, but continued claiming for his previous address and failed to tell the council he had moved out.

He pleaded guilty to two charges of making a dishonest statement to the council.

He was given a two-year conditional discharge and ordered to pay £100 towards legal costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

A separate order was made for the council to attempt to recover the £7,000 he falsely claimed.

After the case Coun Aaron Spencer, the council’s portfolio holder for finance, said: “Mr Felix at no time made an application for housing benefit at his new address so the council was not able to assess what he may have been entitled to.

“The facts are that he failed to advise the council of any change in his circumstances and fraudulently continued to claim benefit for a property he was no longer living in – benefits he was not entitled to and claimed over a period of some months.

“This, once again, demonstrates that the council will use all means at its disposal to ensure not one penny is taken from the public purse that claimants are not entitled to receive, for whatever reason.”