A former soldier who received disability living allowance (DLA) and failed to report that his medical condition had improved, admitted defrauding the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) when he appeared at Skegness Magistrates’ Court.
Appearing before Deputy District Judge Price, Anthony Noble, 52, of Kennedy Avenue, Alford, admitted that between May 4, 2011, and November 19, 2013, his capabilities had improved which would have affected his DLA, but failed to report it.
Paul Wood, prosecuting, said Noble had difficulties with mobility following a fall in September 2010 which left him unable to walk.
However, he said that by 2011 he was able to take part in activities at auctions and car boot sales and this had been observed and filmed by the DWP.
He said that Noble had been overpaid by £7,097 during the time when he should not have been claiming.
Mitigating, Gordon Holt said that Noble, who was of previous good character, left the Army in 1992 and had latterly worked as a bus driver in Skegness for 10 years.
However, he broke his back in two places when he fell off a roof in 2010 and subsequently made the claim for DLA, which was genuine at the time he made it.
Mr Holt said there had been an improvement in his condition since 2010 but he was still in pain most of the time although he was able to go out on his hobby of car booting.
He added that Noble had made arrangements with the DWP to repay the money.
The judge said that she took account of the fact that the claim had not been fraudulent at the time it was made and that he was repaying the amount overpaid.
Last Tuesday, the judge fined him £195 and ordered him to pay £100 in costs and a £20 victim surcharge.