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Wrexham man worked and received benefits

Published date: 31 January 2014 |
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A MAN was overpaid more than £11,000 in incapacity benefit while working as a chef in a Wrexham town centre pub, a court has heard.

When Adrian Michael Clarkson, of Norman Road in Wrexham initially started his claim in September 2008 his claim was genuine and was granted by the Department for Work and Pensions.

However, the 46-year-old failed to notify them of a change in circumstances when he gained work as a chef for Marston’s at the Nag’s Head pub in Wrexham in April 2010.

It led to overpayments totalling £11,381 being made between then and July 3, 2012, Wrexham Magistrates Court was told.

Matthew Ellis, prosecuting, said his employment was discovered after information was found that he had earnings during the 2011/12 financial year.

Mr Ellis said: “In interview he accepted he’d been working.

“He said he believed he was allowed to work 16 to 17 hours while claiming incapacity benefit.

“He wasn’t and it was pointed out he worked considerably more than that. He accepted he should’ve notified DWP of the change of circumstances.”

Gary Harvey, defending, said Clarkson had been told he was allowed to work a certain number of hours by one of his employers.

He said he would now have to pay back the amount overpaid in installments and had suffered depression and stress due to the proceedings against him.

Magistrates ordered him to pay a £500 fine, court costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £50.

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