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Company director admits benefit fraud

64-year-old wrongly paid more than £17,000

A company director from Port Soderick was wrongly paid more than £17,000 in benefits after failing to declare business accounts holding hundreds of thousands of pounds.

Sixty-four-year-old James Richard Haggas, of Old Castletown Road, has been sentenced at Douglas Courthouse.

He admitted making false representations to obtain benefits and failing to tell the Treasury about a change in his circumstances.

The court heard Haggas had claimed jobseeker's allowance in April 2020.

Some time later benefits staff carrying out routine checks found unexplained payments of £20,000 into his personal account - he said it had been used to pay his children's school fees.

Further investigations then uncovered business bank accounts containing hundreds of thousands of pounds and payments of tens of thousands of pounds into his partner's account.

Haggas' advocate said his client had paid back around £14,000 and hadn't understood the meaning of income and household under the benefits system.

Magistrates ordered Haggas to carry out 200 hours community service and pay £50 towards prosecution costs.


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