Watch video of Ipswich disability benefit fraudster walking his dogs
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Surveillance video has been released of an Ipswich man walking his two dogs while falsely claiming disability benefit from the government.
Kevin Field, 57, claimed £12,903.60 in Disability Living Allowance (DLA) between January 30, 2013 and April 5, 2016.
South East Suffolk Magistrates Court heard how Field was in receipt of the higher level mobility component at a weekly rate of £58.
A diabetic with osteoarthritis, he also claimed the £22 lower care component, for those in need of some help with daily tasks.
Prosecutor Lucy Miller said Field was awarded DLA at the end of 2008, but that a tip-off suggested his mobility had improved in January 2013.
Field received a 24-week jail term, suspended for 18 months, with home curfew from 4pm-9am for three months. He must also pay £440 towards court costs.
Read the full story here: Ipswich man who falsely claimed disability benefit ‘pushed car and hopped on spot’, court told
A Department for Work and Pensions spokesman said: “Only a small minority of benefit claimants are dishonest, but cases like this show how we are rooting out the unscrupulous minority who are cheating the system and diverting taxpayers’ money from those who really need it.
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“We are determined to find those we suspect of abusing the welfare system by following up on tip-offs, undertaking surveillance and working with local councils.
“If you suspect someone of fraudulently claiming benefits, then call our National Benefit Fraud Hotline on 0800 854 440.”