Son splashed McDonald’s, Ryanair and Jet2 with his father’s £ 20,000 benefits while in jail
A man from Blackburn has fraudulently claimed more than £ 20,000 in benefits after his father was sent to jail.
Darren Eastwood, 42, spent himself on vacations, take-out and groceries, using the money set aside for care needs by Blackburn with advice from Darwen.
In 2017, Terrence Eastwood was sentenced to 19 years in prison after being convicted of child sex offenses.
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But her son did not tell council his father was behind bars and continued to claim benefits for over a year.
A total of £ 20,543 was paid into Terrence Eastwood’s bank account between September 2017 and November 2018.
Payments totaling £ 5,000 were made from the father’s bank account directly to Darren Eastwood’s account, with numerous other payments being made to McDonald’s, Ryan Air, Jet2 and Asda.
Matthew Parker, prosecutor, said Eastwood sent an email to an agency that processed payments on multiple occasions between September 2017 and October 2018.
However, he blurted out that his father was behind bars during a phone call with a social worker to discuss his father’s care needs and that the fraud was reported to police.
Eastwood, of Franklin Road, Blackburn, pleaded guilty to misrepresentation fraud and appeared at Preston Crown Court.
Judge Simon Medland QC sentenced him to 12 months suspended for two years.
He said: ‘For a little over a year you defrauded the local council by taking money that was intended for your father – over £ 20,000 that year – and spending it on a vacation. , shopping, etc.
“You knew when you did that it wasn’t your money to spend, but nonetheless the deception was perpetrated because your father was in jail and you thought you could get away with it and increase the family income.
“This is indeed offensive to the community as a whole because the resources are really limited and they are not there to be dishonestly used by people to give themselves a standard of living to which they think they are entitled but are not there to be dishonestly used by people. they couldn’t afford otherwise. “
The court heard Eastwood had three children, whom he looked after while his wife worked full time.
Anna Chestnutt, defending, said if he was sent to jail his wife would have to give up her job to care for the children.
Michael Eastwood was diagnosed with stage four cancer and requested compassionate leave from prison. Ms Chestnutt said if granted, her son plans to care for him in his dying days.
Judge Medland QC said as a punishment he had to spend three months under an electronically monitored curfew between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m.
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