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Royston Man Convicted After Benefit Fraud

Monday December 17 2012



A ROYSTON man has been found guilty of benefit fraud after falsely claiming more than £12,000 that he was not entitled to.

Derek Carpenter, 61, of Ashley Court, Royston, was convicted at Sheffield Crown Court after falsely claiming housing and council tax benefit and Job Seeker's Allowance.

Fraud officers accessed his bank accounts and also discovered that whilst he was being paid benefits he was advertising on the internet as a sales and marketing director, a business coach and personal development mentor. 

Derek Carpenter is a governor for Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and has also been on the Barnsley College board of governors and Vice President of Barnsley and Rotherham Chamber of Commerce.

He received £5,587.03 housing benefit, £2,043.17 council tax benefit and £4,880.60 in Job Seekers Allowance.

The court heard that Mr Carpenter received income in excess of £27,000 which he had failed to declare.

He was sentenced to four months' imprisonment suspended for 12 months and was ordered to complete 150 hours' unpaid work in the community.

The benefit obtained is being repaid.

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Reply Posted by Rachel on Monday December 17 2012 at 11:17
and that is why people do it, greedy swine trying to screw the system while ordinary people try to live on a meagre income, there's no proper punishment for these greedy scumbags

Reply Posted by Peter on Monday December 17 2012 at 12:09
Totally agree with you Rachel, should have done time.

Reply Posted by Simon on Monday December 17 2012 at 21:06
I hope he has some degree of shame and resigns from these public positions, and lets honest folk serve the public that he has screwed over.

Reply Posted by Darren on Tuesday December 18 2012 at 10:09
This is ridiculous to be in positions like this but abusing the system to take money that isn't yours. At least he got some punishment... what about the MPs.... I don't see them doing community service for wrongfully claiming at least twice as much as this man, also they don't have to pay it back!!!! The punishment should be the same but there is no punishment for MPs.

Reply Posted by Ppk on Sunday December 23 2012 at 04:41
Dont know why people think that the people who have committed fraud don't have to pay it back.... They most def do even if they have been to prison. Deducted from benefit or Att of earnings... Either way it does get paid...

Reply Posted by Ppk on Sunday December 23 2012 at 04:41
Dont know why people think that the people who have committed fraud don't have to pay it back.... They most def do even if they have been to prison. Deducted from benefit or Att of earnings... Either way it does get paid...

Reply Posted by john on Sunday December 23 2012 at 10:25
Benefit bashing does nothing to poor people out of work I agree that he got what he deserves. But how much is lost through tax evasion