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Darwen benefits cheat was 'desperate'
12:56pm Wednesday 31st October 2012 in News
A 35-YEAR-OLD man who had his house repossessed, and found himself in dire financial straits, continued to claim benefits, despite obtaining work through an agency.
Blackburn magistrates heard Kevin Kearney received more than £7,000 he was not entitled to.
Natalie Darwen, defending, said her client had felt like he was ‘treading water and getting nowhere fast.
“He was desperate for money,” said Miss Darwen.
“He has already entered into a voluntary agreement to repay the money.”
Kearney, 35, of Anyone Street, Darwen, pleaded guilty to three charges of failing to notify a change of circumstances affecting his entitlement to Jobseekers’ Allowance, council tax and housing benefits.
He was given a conditional discharge for 18 months, and was ordered to pay £85 costs.