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Man who claimed benefits whilst working to find out how much of the money will be reclaimed

A man who illegally claimed state benefits whilst working as a lorry driver will find out on 2nd May how much of his ill gotten gains will be clawed back from him.

Last September, Martin Oliver, 72, admitted illegally claiming benefits whilst employed and also building a £250,000 house on a plot of land he owned.

Oliver, of Copsewood Ash Lane, Down Hatherley, near Cheltenham, pleaded guilty to four offences of dishonestly failing to notify the Department of Work and Pensions and his local council that his circumstances relating to benefit entitlement had changed.

He also admitted making a false representation about the amount of capital he owned when applying for pension credit.

He was paid almost £25,000 in benefits that he was not entitled to because of his earned income and land ownership.

He effectively became a 'property developer' during the time he was falsely claiming pension credits and council tax benefit, the court heard in September.

He owned the £50,000 plot of land in Matson, Gloucester, and built a house which he sold - then used some of the proceeds to buy another property to let.

Yet he had declared to benefits authorities that he had less than £10,000 savings.

Oliver has sixteen previous criminal convictions but had not been in any trouble since 1999.

In September, Judge Michael Cullum said he took into account Oliver's current poor health and that of his partner and disabled son and sentenced him to eight months jail suspended for a year.

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