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

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.