Thursday, August 30, 2012

Brendan Ryan a Escaped prisoner who went on the run for four months was living with his mother - and claiming £71 per week in benefits in his OWN Name

An escaped prisoner went to live with his mother and claimed Jobseekers’ Allowance undetected while on the run for four months, a court heard.

Brendan Ryan went back to his mother’s in Boscobel Crescent, Wolverhampton, after absconding from an open prison where he was serving time for arson and threatening to kill a woman.

The 27-year-old appeared at Wolverhampton Magistrates’ Court on Friday for separate drugs offences and for assaulting two police officers.

The court heard how officers only caught up with him while investigating a robbery which Ryan wasn’t involved in.

The amount he claimed was not disclosed in court, but the rate for a single person aged 25 and over can be as high as £71 a week.

Although not said in court - if he had been claiming £71 a week for four months the figure could have been more than £1,000.

A red-faced Department of Work and Pensions admitted it was investigating if procedures need to be tightened. Read More