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Fermanagh benefits man had £280k in bank and homes in Spain

By Gerry McLaughlin

Published 22/12/2015

Clive Miller
Clive Miller

A former Co Fermanagh soldier, who was charged with dishonestly claiming state benefits when he had over £280,000 in the bank and properties in Spain, has pleaded guilty to four charges of failing to declare a change in his circumstances.

Two separate charges of money laundering are also to be left on the books, Dungannon Crown Court was told.

Clive Miller (47), of Coleshill Crescent, Enniskillen, admitted that on a date between May 9 2002 and September 1, 2010, he claimed Income Support while dishonestly failing to declare a change in his circumstances that he knew would affect his entitlement to the benefit.

This charge accused him of not telling the Social Security Agency that he had commercial and residential property in Spain.

The defendant, who appeared in court on crutches, also admitted a second similar charge that stated that between the same dates he claimed Income Support while dishonestly failing to declare that he had additional sources of income.

Miller also pleaded guilty to a charge that on a date between December 22, 2003, and September 5, 2010, he dishonestly claimed Housing Benefit while failing to declare that he had commercial and residential property in Spain.

And he pleaded guilty to a charge that between the same dates he dishonestly claimed Housing Benefit while failing to declare other sources of income.

A fifth charged alleging that on a date between March 1, 2004 and April 30, 2013, Miller was in possession of criminal property, namely £151,647.13 in a Santander Bank Account, was to be left on the books, said Prosecution Counsel Michael McAleer. Mr McAleer added that a sixth similar charge states that between March 24, 2003 and April 30, 2013, Miller was in possession of criminal property, namely £130,814.79 in an Ulster Bank account.

That charge alleges that the money constituted additional income and he failed to declare it to the Social Security Agency or HM Revenue and Customs.

When the case was called before Judge Paul Ramsey yesterday, Defence Counsel Mr Rea asked for the defendant to be re-arraigned on the first four charges. Miller then pleaded guilty to those charges.

Prosecution Counsel Michael McAleer said the Crown was leaving the final two charges that were connected to money laundering, on the books.

Mr McAleer said the CPS would be making a Proceeds of Crime application in due course.

Defence Counsel Mr Rea asked for a pre-sentence report and a medical report.

Judge Paul Ramsey adjourned the case for sentencing until January 18.

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