Maghull disability benefit cheat golfer Peter Crowder jailed
A disability benefits cheat from Merseyside who was secretly filmed playing golf has been jailed for six months.
Peter Crowder, 51, from Parkbourn Square, Maghull, fraudulently claimed more than £20,000 in benefits, Liverpool Magistrates' Court heard.
The former psychiatric nurse had claimed rheumatoid and osteo-arthritis prevented him from working.
Investigators filmed him at Hurlston Hall Golf and Country Club, Lancashire.
Crowder who pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to failing to declare a change of circumstances and making a false statement to obtain benefits, arrived for sentencing using a walking stick.
The court heard that an anonymous tip-off alerted Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) officers to his visits to the club where he had been a member since 2006.
Crowder, a former psychiatric nurse at Ashworth Hospital in Merseyside, attended the club 151 times between April 2009 and May 2010, the court was told.
He admitted the charges relating to a four-year period up to September 2010.
When he made his claim for Disability Living Allowance, Crowder said he was using a walking stick at all times and was in "constant" pain after retiring early because of his medical condition.
But DWP film showed him unpacking a golf trolley and pushing it around the 18-hole golf course while taking a range of shots.
Rebecca Templeman, defending, said Crowder had remortgaged his house to repay the money in full and that the father-of-two recognised his "wrongdoing" and was remorseful.
District Judge Miriam Shelvey told him: "It's clear to me that you knew what you were doing and you knew that it was wrong."
* At Liverpool Crown Court 49-year-old lorry driver Dennis Douglas, was sentenced to 56 days, suspended for two years, and ordered to complete 180 hours of community work after falsely claiming more than £20,000 in DLA benefits.
Douglas, of Hunts Cross, Merseyside, admitted knowingly failing to notify the Department of Work and Pensions of a change in circumstances.