Aylesbury benefits cheat claimed more than £4,000 while working

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A benefits cheat who falsely claimed more than £4,000 has been ordered to pay back the money.

Brian Blagogee, of Wycliffe End, Aylesbury, did not tell the district council or the Department for Work and Pensions that he started work for a recruitment agency while claiming benefits.

As a result, the 45 year old fraudulently received £3,296 job seekers’ allowance, £604 housing benefit and £156 council tax benefit.

At Aylesbury Magistrates’ Court he pleaded guilty to three charges of failing to notify a change in his circumstances.

As well as being ordered to pay back the benefits, Blagogee received a 12 month community order, during which he is expected to carry out 50 hours of unpaid work.

Councillor Neil Blake, cabinet member for resources, said: “This case reinforces the council’s determination to prosecute anyone found to be fraudulently claiming benefits.”