Benefits cheat claimed thousands by saying he had 20 kids – and 10 were blind
A benefits cheat claimed thousands in handouts by telling officials he has 20 children – 10 of whom are blind.
Samuel Kill, 33, came up with the scam so he could move out of his parents’ house, a court heard.
Jeremy Griffiths, mitigating, said his client had been a carer but gave up his job to look after his father.
After his father died in 2017, Kill was left living with his step-mother. The two did not get on well but, because Kill was not working, he had no money to help him find somewhere new to live.
That was when the idea of making false benefits claims came into his head, Mr Griffiths said.
His plan was to build up a fund to get out of the family home.
Kill put in multiple fraudulent claims for advanced Universal Credit payments between November 2018 and January 2019.
In total, he claimed to have had more than 20 children living with him, more than 10 of whom were blind.
On Christmas Day, 2018, he told the DWP he was suffering from terminal liver cancer and only had five months left to live.
The DWP paid out more than £2,000, Swindon Magistrates Court was told.
Kill confessed he found it "embarrassing" and felt disgusted with himself.
The carer, of West Tockenham, near Royal Wootton Bassett, admitted 11 counts of benefit fraud at an earlier hearing.
Chairman of the bench Alison Auvray ordered Kill to complete 90 hours of unpaid work and do 15 rehabilitation activity requirement days.
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He was also told pay £135 in costs and surcharge.
She told Kill: “It is all of us that you are defrauding.
“This isn’t money that just comes from nowhere, it’s everybody including yourself – working people – who have to pay for this.”
The money was already being recovered by the DWP, JPs were told.
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