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Stafford benefits cheat clairvoyant didn't see DWP fraud investigation coming

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: June 06, 2014

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A CLAIRVOYANT and his wife from Stafford didn't see what was coming when they were caught after fraudulently claiming £230,000 in disability benefits.

The couple were found out when investigators filmed them working out at a gym and going out doing their shopping.

Timothy Abbott, aged 53, and his 46-year-old wife Janette claimed thousands of pounds in disability, council tax and housing benefit payments, saying they could hardly walk.

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But Abbott, who claimed over £35,000 in incapacity benefit nearly £23,000 in its replacement, disability living allowance, was filmed by Department of Work and Pensions investigators when exercising in a gym.

The film, taken by the undercover DWP fraud team showed a sweaty Abbott, in a black vest top, moving without problems, and using heavy dumbbells, an exercise bike, a rowing machine and a treadmill.

The clairvoyant, who lives in Stafford, ran residential spiritual courses, also admitted failing to pay £10,000 worth of income tax or national insurance contributions.

His company, Tim Abbott DSNU, advertises him as an "international spiritualist clairvoyant medium and tutor."

Abott pleaded guilty to two counts of failing to notify the DWP of a change in circumstances and two counts of making a fraudulent non-payment of income tax when he appeared at Stafford Crown Court.

His wife, also of Stafford, admitted three counts of failing to notify the DWP of a change in circumstances, one count of making a false statement and one of falsely obtaining benefits by deception.

The court heard she falsely claimed £19,477 in disability allowance and £713 in incapacity benefit along with £1,000 in council tax benefit.

She was filmed by investigators on December 7, 2012 bending down and carrying a heavy shoulder bag while on a shopping trip.

The couple, who live in a modern £200,000 detached house in Stafford, were granted unconditional bailed and ordered to return to court on August 1 for sentencing.

Recorder Christopher Bright warned them: "If you do not appear on that date you may be committing an offence."

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