Grantham disability benefit cheat told to expect jail

A Lincolnshire man who claimed £61,469 of incapacity benefits while in work has been warned he faces prison.

Robert Stanhope, 59, of North Parade, Grantham, admitted two charges of failing to notify the authorities of a change of circumstances.

Lincoln Crown Court heard he claimed two sets of benefits between 2002 and 2009, despite earning a wage.

The judge told him to get his affairs in order before sentencing on 11 November.

'Public purse'

Stanhope pleaded guilty to two charges of failing to notify the Department of Work and Pensions of a change of circumstances.

The court heard he failed to declare he was in work while claiming incapacity benefit between August 2002 and April 2009.

Stanhope also admitted failing to tell the department of an improvement in his capabilities while claiming disability living allowance over the same period.

Judge Morris told him: "As far as I can see in today's climate, the outcome for anyone who defrauds the public purse of £61,000 is prison, so get your house in order."

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