Fraudster jailed for running unlicensed taxi firm while claiming benefits » National Taxi Association

Fraudster jailed for running unlicensed taxi firm while claiming benefits » National Taxi Association

A FRAUDSTER falsely claimed more than £5,000 in benefits while running an unlicensed taxi service using a vehicle given to him for his disability, a court heard. Witnesses told Huntingdon Magistrates’ Court that they had paid Timothy Ballard for his taxi service, which he ran using a vehicle provided to him by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). Lowri Marks, prosecuting for Huntingdonshire District Council, also told magistrates that evidence had been obtained from various sources showing that Ballard had advertised for work and even had magnetic plates made up, which he attached to the car. He also had business cards, witnesses said. Ballard, of Oaktree Court, Godmanchester, pleaded not guilty to three charges of benefit fraud, involving housing benefit and pension credits, between July 2010 and April 2011 but was found guilty at a trial on January 25. The 69-year...

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