Surrey Heath announce successes in fraud and fly tipping prosecutions, as follows
Surrey Heath Borough Council has successfully prosecuted four cases for offences including benefit fraud and fly tipping.
Christopher Ward, from Mytchett, was prosecuted under Section 2 of the Fraud Act 2006 for dishonestly making a false representation in regard to a claim for Council Tax Reduction (formerly Council Tax benefit), resulting in Ward receiving £2791.13 in Council Tax Reduction that he was not entitled to.
The fraud came to light after the benefit section became suspicious due to the unrealistic income declared by Mr Ward and his wife. Following extensive enquiries it became apparent that Mr Ward had failed to declare two bank accounts where his undeclared self-employed income was paid into.
Ward attended an interview under caution with Council Officers where he admitted he had acted dishonestly by incorrectly completing and submitting benefit forms. He was sentenced to £180 hours of community service and ordered to pay costs of £750.
Babur Rasab, from Camberley, was prosecuted after his household waste was found fly tipped in Crabtree Park, Camberley.
Rasab admitted failing in his ‘duty of care’ by not taking reasonable steps to ensure his waste was being disposed of lawfully. After not checking the waste carrier credentials of the person who removed his waste, Rasab was given a 12 month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £350 towards costs.
This prosecution follows Surrey Heath’s first fly-tipping Duty of Care prosecutions in July 2016. Every householder has a ‘duty of care’ to ensure that they have taken reasonable steps to dispose of waste in accordance with the law.
Householders are required to ensure that they are handing over their waste to a person or company who is authorised and licensed with a waste carrier’s licence to transport and dispose of it safely.
The case against Jimmy Lee from Finchampstead was heard in his absence following non-attendance. Lee was prosecuted for failing to respond to a statutory notice which required him to answer questions regarding evidence recovered from a fly tip in College Ride, Bagshot. Lee was fined £200 and ordered to pay costs of £452.64.
Sebastian Gagiu, from London, was prosecuted for failing to present a waste transfer note. The offence, which was originally dealt with by way of a £300 Fixed Penalty Notice, proceeded to court after Gagiu failed to pay the fine within the allotted time frame. He was given a 12 month conditional discharge and ordered to pay costs of £450.
The cases were all heard at Redhill Magistrates Court on 30 August 2016.
Surrey Heath Finance Portfolio Holder Cllr Richard Brooks said: “As well as highlighting the diverse nature of the work undertaken by the Counter Fraud and Corporate Enforcement Team, these latest prosecutions send a powerful message – to those looking to defraud the Council by claiming money they are not entitled to, and to waste offenders who do not have the correct documentation, or choose to ignore statutory documentation.”
To report instances of fly-tipping, visit www.surreyheath.gov.uk/flytipping