Friday, 30 July 2010


A former Margate man has been given a 100 hour Community Punishment Order, after admitting benefit fraud that netted him more than £2,500.

Gary Polok (34), of Bybrook Road, Kennington, Ashford failed to inform the council that he had moved out of Marwell House, Marine Parade in November 2008 and into his new address.

He continued to receive payments of benefits into his bank account up until April 2009. The money was used to pay the deposit and rent in advance on his new property and also went on other bills and living costs.

As a result, he was overpaid £2,360.82 in Housing Benefit and £258.43 in Council Tax Benefit. He admitted the offence when interviewed.

Canterbury Magistrates yesterday (Tuesday 27 July) gave him a 100 hour Community Punishment Order and ordered him to pay £100 costs at the rate of £10 per fortnight, with payments to commence from August 2010.

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