Stoke & Staffordshire

Medium Timothy Abbott jailed for disability benefits scam

Timothy Abbott working out in the gym Image copyright Department for Work & Pensions
Image caption Timothy Abbott was filmed working out in the gym even though he was claiming disability benefits

A spiritualist medium who worked out in the gym while illegally claiming disability benefits has been jailed.

Timothy Abbott, 54, from Stafford, claimed more than £58,000 in disability benefits and failed to pay almost £10,000 in Income Tax and National Insurance.

He was jailed for eight months after admitting four counts of fraud.

Meanwhile his wife Jeanette who admitted fraud totalling £103,000 was given a suspended eight month sentence.

'Blatant disregard'

Staffordshire County Council said Abbott, who toured the world as a spiritualist medium, was a regular gym member and claimed disability benefits he was not entitled to for five years.

A court will decide later in the year how much the couple will have to pay back.

Image copyright Department for Work & Pensions
Image caption Abbott claimed more than £58,000 in disability benefits

Alan White, Staffordshire County Council's cabinet member for health, care and wellbeing welcomed the convictions at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court on Thursday.

"It is extremely disappointing to see that someone has shown blatant disregard for others who depend on this money," he said.

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