A fraudster has been jailed for selling Â£100,000 of goods on eBay while claiming benefits. Barry McNaughton from Portsmouth was jailed for six months, and ordered to pay back Â£16,700 in falsely claimed benefits.
Anti-fraud minister James Plaskitt added: ‘Our investigators have more powers than ever before. Our message is clear â€“ don’t do it. There are no ifs, no buts â€“ we will catch you.’
McNaughton was originally arrested for handling stolen goods, but it emerged that he was buying cheap goods from markets to sell on. The business plan was obviously pretty successful, as police found two Â£5,000 Rolex watches, a Tag Heuer watch, Â£1,300 of jewellery, a new plasma flatscreen TV, a Sony computer and Smeg kitchen appliances: the Department for Work and Pensions, who had brought the prosecution, said that they had never seen a benefits cheat make so much from eBay.
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