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Poplar man claimed benefits with more than £115,000 in the bank

PUBLISHED: 08:23 07 February 2012

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A Poplar man who concealed more than £115,000 in savings while claiming benefits has been jailed for 13 months.

Stephen Massett of Canton Street was also fined £116,749 and ordered to pay more than £1,000 in prosecution costs at Snaresbrook Crown Court on January 25 for not declaring capital of £116,000.

The fraudster had pleaded guilty on December 8 after claiming more than £89,000 in residential care charges, almost £20,000 in housing and council tax benefits and almost £8,000 in income support.

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