Information sharing nabs another benefits cheat
Data sharing has led to a Boston man appearing in court for claiming benefits and failing to declare he was working.
Mr Stefan Fekula, of Bartol Crescent, fraudulently claimed more than £6,000 in housing benefit from Boston Borough Council.
On Monday, August 10, Boston Magistrates sentenced Mr Fekula to complete 150 hours of unpaid work, pay £500 in costs and make full repayment of the fraudulently-claimed housing benefit.
Mr Fekula admitted the offence of failing to notify the council about his employment. An investigation uncovered full details of his work and he was later questioned during an interview under caution about the offences.
Cllr Aaron Spencer, Boston Borough Council's finance portfolio holder, said: "Fraudulently claiming benefits is not a victimless crime. This money belongs to all of us and when it is claimed by cheats who are not entitled to it, it is money that cannot be spent on services to benefit us all.
"This is yet another example of the ways in which we continue, in partnership with other agencies, to use newest technology to share data, forever closing down the opportunities for fraudsters to get away with it. Data-sharing practices we are now employing are leaving no place to hide."