‘Well dodgy’ benefit cheat banged up 

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A man who cheated Havering Council out of over £30,000 through council tax and housing benefit fraud has been put behind bars.

David Richards, 62, of no fixed abode, was handed a seven-month prison sentence at Westminster Magistrates Court (Tuesday 21 January 2020) after refusing to pay a court order of £18,388.90.

Richards was originally successfully prosecuted in 2011 after investigations found he had claimed £33,757 from Havering Council, and £16,312 from the Department of Work and Pensions – a total loss to the public purse of £50,069.

The Council’s fraud investigators discovered Richards had flagrantly been living a life of luxury at the expense of local tax payers. Investigations found the defendant was not only running a successful business with substantial assets, but he was the owner of seven vehicles, a luxury caravan and two speed boats – one of which was called ‘well dodgy’.

Despite a suspended sentence and a proceeds of crime order being issued – requiring Richards to pay back £41,550 – he still refused to pay the amount owed – even after it was reduced to £18,409.

District Judge Samuel Goozze, told the defendant:  

You were given two months to sell your assets and pay in full. You have made no attempts to pay, being dilatory, not expediting matters, keeping assets hidden. You leave no option but to serve the 7 month prison sentence.”

Councillor Damian White, Leader of Havering Council, said:

After shamelessly abusing the benefits system at the expense of honest, hard-working, local taxpayers and then repeatedly dodging his responsibility to pay it back or accepting any kind of regret, I am pleased that this defendant has finally got his just desserts.

This case sends out a very strong message that Havering Council will not tolerate anyone who tries to rip off the public, and all allegations that people are defrauding the system will be investigated.

I strongly urge any of our residents who suspect someone of dishonestly claiming benefits to call the benefits investigation team in confidence, on 01708 432405, and action will be taken.”

In addition to the seven month prison sentence, the courts will continue to pursue Mr Richards for the unpaid debt plus interest. 

The speed boat.

2 thoughts on “‘Well dodgy’ benefit cheat banged up 

  • 24th January 2020 at 8:18 pm
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    Ok so this has GIVEN this guy £50,000+ for 7 months in prison…Which isnt 7 months as he will do proberbly 3 or even 2 months if that…So lets do the maths £50,000+ for 8 to 12 weeks in prison thats £4166 per week for 12 weeks even more for eight..I think all of us would all go to a nice open prison for 12 weeks for that amount..Food on tap own room own tv and own door key… No living expenses whatsover and a small payment each week if you want to work if not you can use your own money (SORRY THE £50,000 YOU NICKED) to purchase items from the shop…Thats just a joke and worst of all….NO JUSTICE AT ALL AS WE ARE STILL PAYING THOUSANDS FOR HIM TO BE AT HER MAJISTYS PLEASURE…… Continue to persue…How about seize all of his assets and sell them… Sad times..

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  • 24th January 2020 at 8:43 pm
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    Just another note. As this guy is of no fixed abode when released he will be helped to get a nice bedsit or something and will be entitled to housing benefit and universal credit and a sum of money to help him set up… So

    Councillor Damian White, Leader of Havering Council, said:

    “After shamelessly abusing the benefits system at the expense of honest, hard-working, local taxpayers and then repeatedly dodging his responsibility to pay it back or accepting any kind of regret, I am pleased that this defendant has finally got his just desserts.

    Paul said ” His just deserts..He got all the cream and the pie and some cherries on top” Damian White you got mugged twice and so did we…Please do something more constructive in future and stop trying to big up a serial crook whose got away with it again.. You dont get to own seven vehicles, a luxury caravan and two speed boats – one of which was called ‘well dodgy and be of no fixed abode…
    Get his home address from the dvla or log books of the vehicles…The luxury caravan is proberbly registered with Cris so if it get stolen it can be found https://www.cris.co.uk/ Take it all and whatever he has at home and sell it…Go to your fraud invetigators give then a good shake and say wake up….

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