Hailsham man fined for fraudulent carer claims

A man from Hailsham has been fined £500 and ordered to pay £1480 in costs after fraudulently claiming carers respite allowance.

Carlo Marcello pleaded guilty to two counts of fraud at Hastings Magistrates court on 12 August, for false representation and falsifying documents for the purpose of committing fraud.

Mr Marcello hadn’t notified East Sussex County Council that his circumstances had changed, meaning a change to his entitlement for carers respite allowance. He continued to claim £1901.20 by producing counterfeit invoices purporting to be from the care provider.

Wealden District Council led a joint investigation with East Sussex County Council.

“This is an excellent example of District and County Councils working in partnership to protect the tax-payer from fraud,” said Cllr Bob Standley, Leader of WDC and Cabinet Member for Governance and Finance.

“Fraudsters may be under the misconception that different Councils and even departments within the same organisation don’t talk to each other – they’re wrong. Our joined up working, alongside the many systems we have in place to detect fraud, means that we can and will catch those defrauding the Council at the tax-payers expense.”