David Ballantyne was receiving disability allowance after claiming he could not work and had difficulty walking 10 to 15 yards or climbing stairs because of a knee injury.
After being grassed up,obviously he struck a wrong chord with somebody, he was put under surveillance by fraud investigators who discovered him playing with the group Chuck Wagon.
The band, described as a rock ’n’ roll trio with a country twist, included actor Alun Lewis, who played Vic Windsor in Emmerdale and Darryl Stubbs in Birds Of A Feather.
During a search of his home in Kirkheaton, West Yorkshire, diaries were seized which showed the trio had been busy rehearsing and performing all over the country.
Ballantyne also had been doing IT work for individuals and companies, had helped a neighbour put up scaffolding and done regular decorating at his home. He also pretended he was a tenant at the house where he lived with his former partner and daughter in order to claim housing benefit.
In all he received £25,498 in income support, £17,797 in housing benefit and £12,828 in disability allowance – a total of £56,123 to which he was not entitled.
Ballantyne admitted four fraud charges.
Jailing him for 12 months, Recorder Tim Hirst said he had failed to disclose the truth about his improving condition. Charges of conspiracy against his ex-partner Denise Denman, 49, were dropped.
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