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Crellin drags heavy furniture out of a house

He had been claiming Disability Living Allowance since 1993

Crellin was sentenced to 12 months in jail for benefit fraud

First published in News by , Senior Reporter

THESE images snapped by an undercover surveillance team show David Crellin lugging heavy items around.

But at the time he was claiming the highest rate of Disability Living Allowance, insisting he could barely walk.

Crellin (40), from Lathom Court in Prescot claimed he could walk only a short distance with the aid of a stick. He also insisted that he needed someone to accompany him when he went outside.

On Tuesday (July 7) at Liverpool Crown Court, Crellin was sentenced to 12 months in jail for benefit fraud after claiming £29,141 between September, 1993 and June, 2008.

He had been investigated after a tip-off from a member of the public.

Crellin had been investigated following an allegation by a member of the public received by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) in February 2007, that he was employed as a bin man by Knowsley Council and was also working as a doorman.

Evidence has since been made available that he had been employed by Knowsley Council since February 2001.

He was employed as a Security Officer, visiting council sites. This included walking up to two miles per shift.

In March 2002, he was moved to the Refuse Department, visiting council houses to collect recycled materials stored in 55 litre boxes, which were then lifted into vehicles.

In September 2007, Crellin joined the Bulky Household Waste Collection Team still at Knowsley as a driver and loader on a two man team. He collected up to one and 2.5 tonnes of bulky rubbish from houses, including beds, fridges, freezers, TVs and settees.

Officers from the DWP carried out surveillance on Crellin, filming the Bulky Waste Collection Team for more than a year.

He was filmed wearing Knowsley Council uniform and driving a council vehicle, as well as at numerous houses across the borough.

Further investigations into Crellin’s activities unearthed evidence that he worked as a security guard for two companies between 1997 and 1999 and May 1999 and February 2001.

After the hearing, Roy Paul, North West Fraud Operations Manager for the Department of Work and Pensions said: “This is another example of our success at tackling benefit fraud locally, in this case acting on information received from the public, and the sentence imposed illustrates the seriousness of the crime.

“Our skilled teams of investigators will root out anyone who commits benefit fraud and steals money intended for vulnerable members of our society.

“I would urge anyone with information about alleged benefit cheats to contact our National Benefit Fraud Hotline, free and in confidence, on 0800 854 440.

“In addition to the sentence imposed by the court, the Department will now take steps to recover benefit falsely obtained, to ensure Mr Crellin does not benefit financially from his criminal activity”.

A spokesperson for Knowsley Council responded: “The council supports the action taken to tackle benefit fraud.”

  • CRELLIN also received an eight month sentence for a separate charge of wounding, brought by the Crown Prosecution Service.

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4:21pm Wed 8 Jul 09

BillMitch says...

surely it's possible to cross reference a person's place of work with the disability benefits they get?I'm staggered it took a tip off to catch this crook.
surely it's possible to cross reference a person's place of work with the disability benefits they get?I'm staggered it took a tip off to catch this crook. BillMitch
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7:29pm Wed 8 Jul 09

plain-truth says...

One down... how many thousands to go ?
One down... how many thousands to go ? plain-truth
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7:59pm Wed 8 Jul 09

alf29 says...

Would be interesting to know how much it has actually cost the tax payer to fund an undercover operation and court case.

Not much chance of them getting any money back either now that the man has presumably lost his job, been sent to prison and will now have a criminal record that will make it nigh on impossible to get a job on his release.

Cost of prosecuting + life time of benefits. Hhmmm!!!

Typical beaurocrats spend a tenner to save a quid.

Would be interesting to know how much it has actually cost the tax payer to fund an undercover operation and court case. Not much chance of them getting any money back either now that the man has presumably lost his job, been sent to prison and will now have a criminal record that will make it nigh on impossible to get a job on his release. Cost of prosecuting + life time of benefits. Hhmmm!!! Typical beaurocrats spend a tenner to save a quid. alf29
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9:35pm Wed 8 Jul 09

plain-truth says...

So what do you suggest... that we just let them carry on ripping off those of us who pay tax ?
So what do you suggest... that we just let them carry on ripping off those of us who pay tax ? plain-truth
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7:51pm Thu 9 Jul 09

alf29 says...

Do you mean the DWP or the Bin Man ?
Do you mean the DWP or the Bin Man ? alf29
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10:05am Fri 10 Jul 09

kirsty21 says...

i cant believe people are complaining about this man being caught, there are too many benefit cheats out there claiming to be ill, and yet when they finally catch one more of the thousands doing it people complain. well im glad he was caught and punished, its the principle of the matter more than anything, lazy scamming people get away with too much, and the taxpayer is paying for them to do this, its disgustin, the money that he was receiving could go into schools, hospitals, or even fixing the roads, so before u complain just think what his benefits will pay for instead of him an easy life
i cant believe people are complaining about this man being caught, there are too many benefit cheats out there claiming to be ill, and yet when they finally catch one more of the thousands doing it people complain. well im glad he was caught and punished, its the principle of the matter more than anything, lazy scamming people get away with too much, and the taxpayer is paying for them to do this, its disgustin, the money that he was receiving could go into schools, hospitals, or even fixing the roads, so before u complain just think what his benefits will pay for instead of him an easy life kirsty21
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12:37pm Fri 10 Jul 09

alf29 says...

Kirsty

I am not ‘complaining’ I am expressing an opinion there is a difference.
I am also a non benefit claiming tax payer contrary to what you have suggested. As such I feel that I have as much right to express an opinion on where my tax is spent as you have to repeat your spoon fed tabloid newspaper ones.
I do not condone what this man has done but the whole situation could have been avoided if back in 2001 the correct cross checking had been done by the appropriate government departments . Instead what you have many years and thousand of pounds later are 2 flunkys from the Job Centre ‘ staking out’ a bin man and using thousands of pounds of taxpayers money to pursue him through the courts. Not to mention the cost of housing him in prison and probably his subsequent life time spent on benefits - who pays for all of that ?
This story merely highlights the glaring inefficiency of various government departments to me.

Kirsty I am not ‘complaining’ I am expressing an opinion there is a difference. I am also a non benefit claiming tax payer contrary to what you have suggested. As such I feel that I have as much right to express an opinion on where my tax is spent as you have to repeat your spoon fed tabloid newspaper ones. I do not condone what this man has done but the whole situation could have been avoided if back in 2001 the correct cross checking had been done by the appropriate government departments . Instead what you have many years and thousand of pounds later are 2 flunkys from the Job Centre ‘ staking out’ a bin man and using thousands of pounds of taxpayers money to pursue him through the courts. Not to mention the cost of housing him in prison and probably his subsequent life time spent on benefits - who pays for all of that ? This story merely highlights the glaring inefficiency of various government departments to me. alf29
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9:18am Sat 11 Jul 09

red2008 says...

BillMitch wrote:
surely it's possible to cross reference a person's place of work with the disability benefits they get?I'm staggered it took a tip off to catch this crook.
I totally agree with Bill, there would not of been this amount of loss, if there had been proper checks in place.
[quote][p][bold]BillMitch[/bold] wrote: surely it's possible to cross reference a person's place of work with the disability benefits they get?I'm staggered it took a tip off to catch this crook.[/p][/quote]I totally agree with Bill, there would not of been this amount of loss, if there had been proper checks in place. red2008
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10:51am Sat 11 Jul 09

kirsty21 says...

yeah this would have saved money, but they didnt and obviously still dont as people are still fiddling the benefits and i do not repeat tabloid fed opinions, im saying what i think, its a joke, people work all their lives trying to provide for their family and never have spare cash then people like this just fiddle and lie and ave a nice easy life, i dont care how much it costs, cos at least now people kno his a conning criminal, im glad his been named and shamed
yeah this would have saved money, but they didnt and obviously still dont as people are still fiddling the benefits and i do not repeat tabloid fed opinions, im saying what i think, its a joke, people work all their lives trying to provide for their family and never have spare cash then people like this just fiddle and lie and ave a nice easy life, i dont care how much it costs, cos at least now people kno his a conning criminal, im glad his been named and shamed kirsty21
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12:20pm Sat 11 Jul 09

alf29 says...

No they didn't do the proper checks so who's going to take them to task for squandering tax payers money. The same people that'll be sorting out the MP's and their 'fraudulent expenses' claims.

Perhaps if this government weren't so intent on criminalising working class people there might be some of that tax payers money left over to provide for ordinary hard working families.

No they didn't do the proper checks so who's going to take them to task for squandering tax payers money. The same people that'll be sorting out the MP's and their 'fraudulent expenses' claims. Perhaps if this government weren't so intent on criminalising working class people there might be some of that tax payers money left over to provide for ordinary hard working families. alf29
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9:51pm Sat 11 Jul 09

red2008 says...

Yes, fraud is wrong, but are all the MP's being brought into court and prosecuted ? No I dont think so.
Yes, fraud is wrong, but are all the MP's being brought into court and prosecuted ? No I dont think so. red2008
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10:05am Tue 14 Jul 09

kirsty21 says...

no ur right they not, they should be, but unfortunately they didnt technically break the ruls that they set themselves, which is stupid, but true
no ur right they not, they should be, but unfortunately they didnt technically break the ruls that they set themselves, which is stupid, but true kirsty21
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