Ex-soldier and wife accused of benefits scam that paid for a jet-set lifestyle
Published 26/10/2013 | 01:30
An ex-soldier and his wife have been living it up, enjoying a lavish Caribbean lifestyle and buying property in Spain, while fraudulently claiming a string of state benefits, a court has heard.
Clive Miller (45) and his blonde 42-year-old wife Sonya appeared at Fermanagh Courthouse accused of a catalogue of benefit fraud spanning over a decade.
The alleged offences include buying property in Spain, working in the Caribbean, and putting money in foreign bank accounts.
The investigating detective in the case said he was confident that he was able to link the couple to a string of offences that date from January 1, 2003 to September 2013.
Mr Miller is accused of making false declarations to claim Disability Living Allowance, Income Support and a Ministry of Defence pension.
The court heard that he has also been working in Haiti with the intention of making a gain for himself and a loss to the Social Security Agency and Ministry of Defence.
Mr Miller also failed to disclose that he had purchased properties in Spain and had an excess amount of money, the court was told
In addition, he is charged with forging P60 forms and pay slips to make a gain for himself and cause loss to a third party in Spain.
Mr Miller, of Coleshill Crescent in Enniskillen, and his wife Sonya are both charged with helping each other to avoid prosecution in relation to Spanish properties and bank accounts.
Mrs Miller, of a different address at Coleshill Crescent, is also charged with forging P60 forms and making a false statement to claim Disability Living Allowance.
When asked if they understood the charges being read to them as they stood in the dock, the couple replied "yes".
The court heard that the case was quite a complex matter that involved a "mass of documentation".
A detective constable voiced his concerns that Mr Miller, who walks with a stick and is due to have back surgery in coming weeks, might flee to Spain if he was released on bail.
But District Judge Noel Broderick pointed out that the police were still in possession of his passport.
The pair were released on £500 bail.
They are both due to appear in Fermanagh Court again on November 18 for a further hearing.