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Fraudster warned to expect prison sentence during short court hearing in Durham
A FRAUDSTER who falsely received a benefits payment and money 'up front' to repair a drive way was today (Monday September 2) told he should expect to receive a prison sentence.
The warning was issued to 30-year-old Alexander Johnson, after he pleaded ‘guilty’ to two charges of fraud by false representation during a short preliminary hearing at Durham Crown Court.
Johnson, who was appearing via video link to the court from nearby Durham Prison, admitted receiving £515 from the Benefits Agency having applied, claiming he was entitled to that sum.
He also admitted fraudulently receiving money to carry out work on a woman’s drive way.
Both offences were said to have taken place in the North Durham area, on Thursday August 8.
They replaced original charges of fraud and burglary faced by Johnson.
Following the guilty pleas, Judge Christopher Prince agreed to a request by defence barrister Nigel Edwards to adjourn sentence to allow for preparation of a background report on Johnson by the Probation Service.
But Judge Prince told Johnson: “You will be entitled to credit with a reduction on sentence for these early guilty pleas.
“But you will be aware custody is inevitable in this case and it’s just a case of how long that sentence will be.”
Johnson, of Newfields, Fen Road, Cambridge, was remanded in custody to be brought to the court for sentence on Friday, September 27.
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