West Watford man, Lee O’Leary, admits falsely claiming £13,000 benefits

A West Watford man has been ordered to repay more than £13,000 after being convicted of benefit fraud.

Lee O’Leary, of Willow Lane, admitted he continued to claim housing and Council Tax benefit from June 2009 until September last year, despite being employed.

A fraud referral was made by Watford Borough Council’s Revenues and Benefits department when it was noticed that O’Leary had stopped claiming Job Seekers Allowance in July 2009.

When O’Leary was interviewed under caution in November last year he admitted that he had been working for a number of employers.

The council’s Revenues and Benefits department calculated that O’Leary was overpaid £13,635 in benefits.

O’Leary pleaded guilty when he appeared before Watford Magistrates’ Court on December 20.

He was sentenced to complete100 hours unpaid work and a 12-month supervision order with probation. He was also told to pay £250 in prosecution costs.

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5:32pm Tue 31 Dec 13

EU_OUT_NOW says...

You mean it took this long to pick up the error? No wonder immigrants want to flood into the UK. The system is a pushover!
You mean it took this long to pick up the error? No wonder immigrants want to flood into the UK. The system is a pushover! EU_OUT_NOW

6:50pm Tue 31 Dec 13

Keefer says...

EU_OUT_NOW wrote:
You mean it took this long to pick up the error? No wonder immigrants want to flood into the UK. The system is a pushover!
Your user name & comment suggest you'll blame "immigrants" for everything, whether it's a British born or not! So your protest is irrelevant, biased & invalid.
[quote][p][bold]EU_OUT_NOW[/bold] wrote: You mean it took this long to pick up the error? No wonder immigrants want to flood into the UK. The system is a pushover![/p][/quote]Your user name & comment suggest you'll blame "immigrants" for everything, whether it's a British born or not! So your protest is irrelevant, biased & invalid. Keefer

10:28pm Tue 31 Dec 13

EU_OUT_NOW says...

Keefer wrote:
EU_OUT_NOW wrote:
You mean it took this long to pick up the error? No wonder immigrants want to flood into the UK. The system is a pushover!
Your user name & comment suggest you'll blame "immigrants" for everything, whether it's a British born or not! So your protest is irrelevant, biased & invalid.
I think your imagination has gone into presumptive overdrive, I will leave with your twisted thoughts!
[quote][p][bold]Keefer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]EU_OUT_NOW[/bold] wrote: You mean it took this long to pick up the error? No wonder immigrants want to flood into the UK. The system is a pushover![/p][/quote]Your user name & comment suggest you'll blame "immigrants" for everything, whether it's a British born or not! So your protest is irrelevant, biased & invalid.[/p][/quote]I think your imagination has gone into presumptive overdrive, I will leave with your twisted thoughts! EU_OUT_NOW

10:37pm Tue 31 Dec 13

Keefer says...

EU_OUT_NOW wrote:
Keefer wrote:
EU_OUT_NOW wrote:
You mean it took this long to pick up the error? No wonder immigrants want to flood into the UK. The system is a pushover!
Your user name & comment suggest you'll blame "immigrants" for everything, whether it's a British born or not! So your protest is irrelevant, biased & invalid.
I think your imagination has gone into presumptive overdrive, I will leave with your twisted thoughts!
yea, I presumed your user name was EU-OUT-NOW.
[quote][p][bold]EU_OUT_NOW[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Keefer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]EU_OUT_NOW[/bold] wrote: You mean it took this long to pick up the error? No wonder immigrants want to flood into the UK. The system is a pushover![/p][/quote]Your user name & comment suggest you'll blame "immigrants" for everything, whether it's a British born or not! So your protest is irrelevant, biased & invalid.[/p][/quote]I think your imagination has gone into presumptive overdrive, I will leave with your twisted thoughts![/p][/quote]yea, I presumed your user name was EU-OUT-NOW. Keefer

3:14pm Thu 2 Jan 14

garston tony says...

But why did it take 4 years between them noticing a discrepancy and taking action?
But why did it take 4 years between them noticing a discrepancy and taking action? garston tony

5:44pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Keefer says...

garston tony wrote:
But why did it take 4 years between them noticing a discrepancy and taking action?
They didn't notice until he stopped claiming housing & council tax benefits in September 2011.

Another poorly written piece of journalism from the WO team.
[quote][p][bold]garston tony[/bold] wrote: But why did it take 4 years between them noticing a discrepancy and taking action?[/p][/quote]They didn't notice until he stopped claiming housing & council tax benefits in September 2011. Another poorly written piece of journalism from the WO team. Keefer

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