Barrow man (62) in court accused of £48,000 benefit fraud

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A 62-YEAR-OLD Barrow man has appeared in court charged with a £48,000 benefit fraud.

Alistair Peter Treanor, of Washbrook Close, is alleged to have claimed various benefits including incapacity and disabled living allowance as he was suffering from spinal muscular atrophy. He claimed that most morning he had no feeling in his arms and legs and had to take three hot baths a day to ease the pain.

Robin Phoenix (prosecuting) said the Department of Work and Pensions had evidence that during the three years and nine months he was claiming Treanor was working as a self-employed engineer, doing as many as 50 hours work in a week.

Treanor did not enter pleas to the five charges of benefit fraud relating to incapacity benefit, housing benefit, pension credit, disability living allowance and income support.

He was directed to Preston Crown Court and the case adjourned for the preparation of committal papers.