Fraudster Michael Watson claimed nearly £30k in disability benefits – while working as a gardener

A man fraudulently claimed nearly £30,000 in disability benefits – while working as a gardener.

Michael Watson, 55, received £27,858 in disability living allowance payments he was not entitled to in an near eight-year fraud between October 2008 and February last year.

Fraud investigators at the Department for Work and Pensions discovered he was “more mobile than he had claimed”, and was working as a self-employed gardener.

Watson, of Holderness Crescent, Beverley, admitted dishonestly failing to promptly notify the DWP of “an improvement in his physical capabilities”, knowing it would affect his entitlement to the allowance, when he appeared at Beverley Magistrates’ Court.

He will now be able to further demonstrate his ability to work after being ordered to do 200 hours of unpaid work for the community. Watson must also have up to 15 days rehabilitation.

Watson was also ordered to pay £85 costs and an £85 victim surcharge.


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