A 57-YEAR-OLD man who falsely claimed benefits worth more than £22,700 is in police custody after a three-year investigation.
Warehouseman Peter McConnachie, who has lived in Keyworth, West Bridgford and Ruddington, claimed housing benefit, council tax benefit and incapacity benefit since 2006 but failed to declare wages.
Rushcliffe Borough Council and the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) started investigating the claims in 2009. Investigators discovered he had been overpaid more than £22,700 after failing to declare he had been working.
At Nottingham Magistrates' Court on April 27 he pleaded guilty to seven separate indictments.
McConnachie, who now lives in Burton-on-the-Wolds, Leicestershire, failed to attend his sentencing but has now been arrested and remanded in custody until his sentencing on Monday, November 26.