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Benefit fraudster won £50k on bingo

PUBLISHED: 12:41 20 May 2003 | UPDATED: 13:52 03 March 2010

Jobless Suffolk man Keith Bullock carried on claiming benefits even after he had a £50,000 bingo win, a court heard.

Former builder Bullock, 52, splashed out his winnings on a family holiday in America, new cars for him and wife and presents for his five children.

Jobless Suffolk man Keith Bullock carried on claiming benefits even after he had a £50,000 bingo win, a court heard.

Former builder Bullock, 52, splashed out his winnings on a family holiday in America, new cars for him and wife and presents for his five children.

But he failed to tell the Benefits Agency about his win and carried on claiming housing and council tax benefit.

He was overpaid more than £2,700 before officials realised that he was not entitled to the cash because of his huge win.

Bullock scooped his half share of a national £100,000 jackpot on a visit last June to the Hippodrome bingo hall in Lowestoft, Suffolk.

He made a series of false declaration, stating that he did not have any savings or investments.

Bullock who has now paid back the cash admitted five charges of making false representations.

He was given a conditional discharge for 12 months and ordered to pay £75 costs by Lowestoft magistrates.

The court heard that Bullock, of Carlton Colville near Lowestoft, had been claiming benefits for 12 years.

James Hartley, defending, said: "Normally a win like this would be thoroughly good news, but here it is anything but.

"He is down to less than £2,000 and life is not looking at all well.

"He admitted that he signed on as a matter of habit. He didn't think that a win on the bingo counted as capital."


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