Southampton man, 75, in court for ‘dishonestly’ working and claiming pension

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AN ELDERLY Southampton man has been given a suspended prison sentence after failing to notify the city council about work that would affect his pension.

John Alexander, 75, of Upper Bugle Street, failed to notify Southampton City Council about a change in circumstance that he knew would affect his entitlement to Pension Credit over eight years.

The 75-year-old pleaded guilty to the offences, which took place between February 2007 and May 2015.

At Southampton Magistrates Court, he was given a 12-week prison sentence suspended for two years.

Court records state that Mr Alexander was told what the situation was and got work multiple times during the course of his crimes.

On top of his suspended sentence, he was also ordered to pay £80 victim surcharge and £85 costs.

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