East Lancs benefits cheat caught playing golf

East Lancs benefits cheat caught playing golf

East Lancs benefits cheat caught playing golf

First published in News by , Court reporter

A 68-YEAR-OLD man claiming disability living allowance on the basis it took him five minutes to walk 150 yards was caught playing golf.

Blackburn magistrates heard Malcolm Gregson claimed he had only taken up the game on the recommendation of a friend to try and improve his phy- sical condition.

But his lack of a handicap resulted in an over-payment of £6,700.

Gregson, of Meadow Street, Great Harwood, pleaded guilty to fraudulently failing to disclose an impr-ovement in his mobility restrictions. He was fined £200, with £105 costs.

Gareth Price, defending, said the proceedings had had a significant effect on Gregson, who had no previous convictions, and his wife.

“Neither of them has any experience of crim-inal procedure, and this has been hanging over them for several months,” said Mr Price.

“Waiting for the summ-ons to drop through the letter box has been part of the punishment.”

Mr Price said the claim had been genuine for a long time following an accident which signific-antly impaired his mobility.

“He could walk 150 yards but only very slowly,” said Mr Price. “A friend suggested exercise may be the answer, and he was advised to try golf.

“It requires you to walk, but there are numerous stops along the way.”

Mr Price said Gregson was ashamed and bitterly regretted that, at 68, he had lost his good name.

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2:10pm Wed 30 Apr 14

woolywords says...

Five minutes to walk 150 yards?
I hope that his golf club fines him as well, for slow play!

I leave the rest of the golf handicap jokes, to those whom know the game better than me.
Five minutes to walk 150 yards? I hope that his golf club fines him as well, for slow play! I leave the rest of the golf handicap jokes, to those whom know the game better than me. woolywords
  • Score: 12

2:36pm Wed 30 Apr 14

GracesDad says...

You can claim DLA at that age?? Most 68 year olds I know have some form of disability.
You can claim DLA at that age?? Most 68 year olds I know have some form of disability. GracesDad
  • Score: -16

2:45pm Wed 30 Apr 14

ConcernedOssy says...

GracesDad wrote:
You can claim DLA at that age?? Most 68 year olds I know have some form of disability.
His original claim would have to have been made prior to age 65 though
[quote][p][bold]GracesDad[/bold] wrote: You can claim DLA at that age?? Most 68 year olds I know have some form of disability.[/p][/quote]His original claim would have to have been made prior to age 65 though ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 12

4:29pm Wed 30 Apr 14

boynesider says...

I believe if you get on DLA it stays even after your pension kicks in.bonus in some people's minds.
I believe if you get on DLA it stays even after your pension kicks in.bonus in some people's minds. boynesider
  • Score: 5

5:03pm Wed 30 Apr 14

Lancs - pensioner says...

He's ashamed to loose his good name, golf is a good walk, rubbish, u got caught Mate, I hope your friends and family are ashamed of YOU,
As a golfer this sport is not a walk as you we'll know, you bend, stretch and twist your back on every stroke.
People like you make me sick, your robbing the real people who need benefits, I hope you have to pay every penny back, scrounger.
He's ashamed to loose his good name, golf is a good walk, rubbish, u got caught Mate, I hope your friends and family are ashamed of YOU, As a golfer this sport is not a walk as you we'll know, you bend, stretch and twist your back on every stroke. People like you make me sick, your robbing the real people who need benefits, I hope you have to pay every penny back, scrounger. Lancs - pensioner
  • Score: 17

9:39pm Wed 30 Apr 14

Bryan71 says...

Regardless of what he has paid in
Fraud is Fraud
He lied about how far he could walk.Far to many are claiming when in fact they are fit to work
Like my next door neighbour
Regardless of what he has paid in Fraud is Fraud He lied about how far he could walk.Far to many are claiming when in fact they are fit to work Like my next door neighbour Bryan71
  • Score: -2

9:50pm Wed 30 Apr 14

happycyclist says...

Crime of the century...
It probably cost a lot more than £6,700 to put a team of the DWP's finest surveillance on this guy, then take it to court. And for what? A £200 fine with £105 costs, which probably included the ludicrous 'victim surcharge' or whatever it's called.
Go after the REAL villains, you idle DWP scum.
Crime of the century... It probably cost a lot more than £6,700 to put a team of the DWP's finest surveillance on this guy, then take it to court. And for what? A £200 fine with £105 costs, which probably included the ludicrous 'victim surcharge' or whatever it's called. Go after the REAL villains, you idle DWP scum. happycyclist
  • Score: 5

11:47pm Wed 30 Apr 14

fannystrim says...

anything less than 15k should be paid back without the need of courts and newspapers getting involved
it will free up courts who can deal with proper criminals
anything less than 15k should be paid back without the need of courts and newspapers getting involved it will free up courts who can deal with proper criminals fannystrim
  • Score: 7

12:34am Thu 1 May 14

Steven11 says...

GracesDad wrote:
You can claim DLA at that age?? Most 68 year olds I know have some form of disability.
Yea but he isn't Asian. So he dosent know really just how to claim properly . They are experts at this , (new Mercs Bmws do we need to say more. .)
[quote][p][bold]GracesDad[/bold] wrote: You can claim DLA at that age?? Most 68 year olds I know have some form of disability.[/p][/quote]Yea but he isn't Asian. So he dosent know really just how to claim properly . They are experts at this , (new Mercs Bmws do we need to say more. .) Steven11
  • Score: 3

7:10am Thu 1 May 14

wilddog says...

Wot can i putt here then? He got himself into a hole and he can get himself out of it. I bet people are green with envy that he got away with it for so long. There FORE, he must pay for his crime.Hope he has some money stashed away in his tea CADDY at home to pay it back too.Some birdie told me this would happen too.
Wot can i putt here then? He got himself into a hole and he can get himself out of it. I bet people are green with envy that he got away with it for so long. There FORE, he must pay for his crime.Hope he has some money stashed away in his tea CADDY at home to pay it back too.Some birdie told me this would happen too. wilddog
  • Score: 3

1:58pm Thu 1 May 14

Saj143 says...

Deport him
Deport him Saj143
  • Score: 0

7:37pm Thu 1 May 14

Boomchick says...

Reckon if DWP were checking the 1st tee of every golf club in the country, disability benefits claims would decrease by 50%.
Reckon if DWP were checking the 1st tee of every golf club in the country, disability benefits claims would decrease by 50%. Boomchick
  • Score: 0

9:28pm Thu 1 May 14

jenkinsroy says...

well yes it was fraud and there is no forgetting that
BUT IF HE WAS A M.P. HE COULD HAVE CLAIMED A LOT
MORE AND NOT GOT IN TROUBLE OR TAKEN TO COURT
JUST A OBSERVATION ONE RULE FOR US AND ONE FOR
THIS GOVERNMENT THEY WILL GO AFTER THIS MAN WITH
VENGEANCES BUT WHEN IT IS A M.P. CLAIMING AND ROBBING
THE TAX PAYER THIS GOVERNMENT DO NOT DO ANYTHING ABOUT
THERE MATES .
I AM NOT CONDOLING THIS FRAUD JUST TELLING YOU WHAT
THIS GOVERNMENT IS LIKE AND I FOR ONE WILL BE GLAD TO SEE THE BACK OF THEM IN 2015 WE CAN START TO GET THEM OUT IN THE MAY ELECTION THAT ARE COMING UP
well yes it was fraud and there is no forgetting that BUT IF HE WAS A M.P. HE COULD HAVE CLAIMED A LOT MORE AND NOT GOT IN TROUBLE OR TAKEN TO COURT JUST A OBSERVATION ONE RULE FOR US AND ONE FOR THIS GOVERNMENT THEY WILL GO AFTER THIS MAN WITH VENGEANCES BUT WHEN IT IS A M.P. CLAIMING AND ROBBING THE TAX PAYER THIS GOVERNMENT DO NOT DO ANYTHING ABOUT THERE MATES . I AM NOT CONDOLING THIS FRAUD JUST TELLING YOU WHAT THIS GOVERNMENT IS LIKE AND I FOR ONE WILL BE GLAD TO SEE THE BACK OF THEM IN 2015 WE CAN START TO GET THEM OUT IN THE MAY ELECTION THAT ARE COMING UP jenkinsroy
  • Score: 1

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