Crawley benefit cheat claimed £6,541 he was not entitled to


A man who claimed £6,541.57 in benefits he was not entitled to has been sentenced.

Scott Adam Carter, 37, of Davis Close, Clark Road, Broadfield, appeared at Crawley Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday (May 6).

He pleaded guilty to dishonestly failing to declare he was in employment and failing to declare a reduction in his care needs from April 2013 to August 2013.

It was heard the Department of Work and Pensions overpaid him £6,541.57 in Employment Support Allowance and Disability Living Allowance on the basis he was unable to work.

Melanie Wotton, prosecuting, said Carter earned £500 per week working as a machine driver and ground worker between the dates.

Geoff White, defending, said Carter, a father-of-four, had permanent mobility issues and was only able to work because of an improvement in his mental condition.

He was given a conditional discharge for 18 months and ordered to pay £85 costs and £15 victim surcharge.