Potters Bar and Shenley housing benefit fraudster sentenced to unpaid work

A man has been sentenced to 120 hours' unpaid work after he fradulenty claimed more than £10,000 in housing benefit.

Lee Goodrum, 44, moved from Honeywood Close, Potters Bar to London Road, Shenley in 2009 without informing Hertsmere Borough Council.

He dishonestly claimed £10,949.04 in benefits for the Potters Bar address until he was detected by the council’s anti-fraud unit.

Goodman pleaded guilty in December and was sentenced on January 17 at St Albans Magistrates Court to a 12-month community order of 180 hours' unpaid work, reduced to 120 because he admitted guilt.

He was also ordered to pay £100 costs and £60 victim surcharge.

Cllr John Graham, who is responsible for finance at the authority, said: "Hopefully this sentencing sends out a clear message that offences will be detected and that the council's anti-fraud unit will rigorously pursue offenders. 

“Benefits are there for those who really need them and we will be tough on those who cheat the system."

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11:52am Fri 24 Jan 14

Small John says...

120 hours unpaid work for £10,949 worth of fraud. That's a rate of pay of over £92 an hour tax-free. If that's "sending out a clear message" to offenders I don't think it's the right one.
120 hours unpaid work for £10,949 worth of fraud. That's a rate of pay of over £92 an hour tax-free. If that's "sending out a clear message" to offenders I don't think it's the right one. Small John
  • Score: 12

2:43pm Fri 24 Jan 14

j d says...

makes me sick to the stomach x
makes me sick to the stomach x j d
  • Score: 3

6:05pm Fri 24 Jan 14

Palma21 says...

Why are these people not forced to ay back the whole amount and then some - it is making it worthwhile for people to commit fraud as they don't pay it back.
Why are these people not forced to ay back the whole amount and then some - it is making it worthwhile for people to commit fraud as they don't pay it back. Palma21
  • Score: 5

7:23pm Fri 24 Jan 14

arturon says...

It's sending out a clear message that CRIME DOES PAY. Even if you are found out you get to keep money and no jail time.
It's sending out a clear message that CRIME DOES PAY. Even if you are found out you get to keep money and no jail time. arturon
  • Score: 3

11:18am Sun 26 Jan 14

laurie says...

He will also be made to pay back every single penny.
He will also be made to pay back every single penny. laurie
  • Score: 5

3:42pm Thu 30 Jan 14

mr.taxpayer says...

At that hourly rate, i'll do 120 hours of litter picking for £10,000.
At that hourly rate, i'll do 120 hours of litter picking for £10,000. mr.taxpayer
  • Score: 0

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