Wigan man admits £4,500 benefits con

A young Wigan man who held onto more than £4,500 worth of benefits he had been wrongly paid has been given a community punishment.

Wednesday, 17th March 2021, 11:16 am
Updated Wednesday, 17th March 2021, 11:20 am

Joshua Kirk, 26, of North Street, Ashton-in-Makerfield, appeared in the dock before Wigan and Leigh magistrates to admit dishonestly failing to ensure that three payments of £1,525.44 credited to him in June, July and November of 2019 were not cancelled, knowing that he was not entitled to the cash.

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The money has been recovered and the bench ordered that he must complete 150 hours’ unpaid work over the next 12 months and has to pay a victim services surcharge and court costs totalling £170.

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Wigan and Leigh Magistrates Court