Beckenham man admits benefit fraud
PUBLISHED: 10:36 22 October 2014 | UPDATED: 10:37 22 October 2014
A man pleaded guilty to defrauding Bromley Council of more than £3,000 in benefits.
Cengiz Kose, 48, formerly of Beckenham Road, Beckenham, pleaded guilty to three offences of fraud at Bromley Magistrates Court on October 1.
Mr Kose defrauded the council out of housing and council tax benefits totalling £3,239 between October 2012 and September 2013.
He failed to inform the council that his rent liability had reduced, his wages increased and he moved out of the property.
Mr Kose was sentenced to a 12 month community order requiring 200 hours of unpaid community work, and was ordered to pay £300 costs and a further £60 surcharge fee.
He will also have to pay back the £3,239 to Bromley Council.
Cllr Neil Reddin, chairman of Bromley’s audit committee, said: “This case shows that even if the amounts defrauded are relatively low we will prosecute cheats. We must protect public funds and ensure they are will only used for people in genuine need.”
This case brings the total of Bromley benefit claimants prosecuted to 378 since the Bromley and Greenwich Councils started working in partnership to track, trace and prosecute benefit fraudsters.