10:00 Monday 02 June 2014

Littleport benefit cheat ends up in court after being stopped for speeding


Being stopped for speeding landed benefit fiddler Colin Cragg behind bars for four days.

When police questioned Cragg, 51, after he was pulled over they found there was an outstanding arrest warrant imposed after he was convicted of benefit fraud last August.

Cragg, formerly of Church Road, Grafham, was held in custody for four days until he appeared before magistrates at Huntingdon where he was given a 12 month community order and ordered to carry out 80 hours of unpaid work.

He will also have to pay £800 costs to the council and £4,090 which he had defrauded.

The court heard that Cragg, now of Hempfield Place, Littleport, had been stopped by police in Peterborough for driving at 39mph in a 30mph limit.

He was held at Peterborough prison after police found that he had been found guilty of four offences of fraud dating back to 2012 after a trial in August last year.

Cragg had failed to turn up to be sentenced and a warrant for his arrest was issued.

The court heard that investigators from Huntingdonshire District Council found Cragg had claimed benefits for the Grafham address after he became unemployed but continued to sign on after finding work.

He also continued to claim after taking on a second job.

Magistrates were told that Cragg failed to attend an interview at the council offices or any of the court hearings and had been overpaid £4,090.

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