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|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 03/04/2016

Hoax on a hill

SUNDERLAND, U.K. — A man claiming disability living allowance (DLA) in the United Kingdom found himself in hot water recently when it was discovered he had been volunteering for three years at a historic peak that was 136 metres high. Graham Maughan, 48, claimed he was so disabled, he could barely walk, but was caught working at the Penshaw Monument, accessible by a steep climb involving 78 steps, according to the Daily Mail. Maughan earned more than £8,000 (C$16,000) for the three years but his cover was blown after an anonymous tip to the National Benefit Fraud hotline. He had been receiving the benefit since 1993 after a serious car crash, but pled guilty to failing to declare a change in circumstances and was ordered to pay £198 (C$390). Bench chairperson Janet Hutton said they were prepared to deal with the matter via a fine: ‘We have noted that it is over 30 years since you have committed an offence and given your clean history and your original qualification for benefits, we are prepared to deal with this offence by means of a fine.’