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Fugitive benefits fraudster Norman Brennan jailed

A benefits cheat, who fled to Spain before he could be sentenced five years ago, has been jailed for three years.

Norman Brennan, 70, formerly of Netherton, Merseyside, had admitted claiming nearly £120,000 in benefits, including some in his brother's name.

Brennan was brought to Britain earlier this month following his extradition.

Sentencing Brennan at Liverpool Crown Court, Judge David Aubrey QC told him: "The law has finally caught up with you."

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The case was labelled as "outrageous" by Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith, who vowed to bring the pensioner back to face justice.

Brennan fled to the Costa Del Sol after his sentencing was adjourned in July 2008.

He had claimed some benefits in the name of his brother, Leslie, who had lived in Germany for nearly three decades.

Brennan was detained on a European Arrest Warrant and extradited to Britain a few weeks after a TV crew found him in Spain.

A statement from Sefton Council said: "The process of retrieving any monies outstanding to us and the Department for Work & Pensions has already commenced."

The court heard that £5,000 of the monies defrauded had been repaid after being automatically deducted from Brennan's state pension.

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