Man played football while claiming disability benefits

By Harriet Ernstsons Friday 16 May 2014 Updated: 19/05 10:22

PLAYING football while claiming benefits for walking difficulties has seen a Batchley man convicted of benefit fraud.

Martin Smith was given a three-year conditional discharge at Redditch Magistrates' Court on May 6 after pleading guilty to falsely claiming.

The 43-year-old from Radford House received £19,736.49 between December 2009 and November 2013 in Income Support, Housing Benefit, Council Tax Benefit and Disability Living Allowance.

Magistrates heard he did not declare his medical condition had improved, with fraud investigators finding he was playing five-a-side football despite claiming to have difficulty walking.

Smith also continued to claim benefits he was not entitled to by failing to inform the Department for Work and Pensions and Redditch Borough Council he had received a large amount of money through a compensation award.

All the money will be recovered by the DWP and council through their own methods.

To report benefit fraud suspicions, e-mail benefitsfraud@redditchbc.gov.uk or call 01527 534011.

Share This

Popular »

1 Miracle baby's name inspired by hospital

2 Plaque replaced by Good Samaritan

3 Tributes paid to KCA man

4 Politician gets the cold shoulder

5 Tuck in to tasty tribute to Hench

More news »

Burglars remove window but leave empty handed

BURGLARS removed the window of a Redditch home

Street attack results in jail

A REDDITCH man who crossed the road to

Aegon Classic: Enter our competition to find Redditch heroines

THE STANDARD has teamed up with the Aegon

Call for pothole action

A PETITION has been launched calling for extra

Regional news »


Bromsgrove Standard
Dream come true for Bromsgrove ballet dancers

THE DANCING dreams of seven young Bromsgrove performers to be ...

Worcester Observer

Visit the Worcester Observer website for the latest.

Stratford Observer
Samaritans on lookout for more local volunteers

THOUGHTFUL people willing to help others are being sought by ...

Evesham Observer
Drunk man was abusive to police

A DRUNK man swore at police because he was angered ...