Ex-pub landlord locked up after false benefit claims

12:10 15 January 2013

A former pub landlord has been jailed for a year after pocketing more than £17,000 intended for a dead man.

Stephen Sussams, of Marston Way, Norbury, received the money after it was paid into the deceased’s bank account, which he had access to as the deceased’s carer.

The 59-year-old, who ran the Royal Dart Hotel in Devon, also illegally claimed more than £14,000 in housing and council tax benefit after failing to tell the council he was living with his civil partner, Croydon Council said.

He was sentenced at Croydon Crown Court on Friday to eight months in jail after being convicted in December of one count of theft, and four months for dishonestly making a false statement or representation to run consecutively.

He was also handed four month sentences after he was convicted of three counts of fraud by failing to disclose information, to run concurrently.

The Royal Dart was known for its £125 champagne and truffle beefburger, said to be among the most expensive burgers in the world.

Croydon Council said it has launched confiscation proceedings against Sussams and will examine his assets to see what he gained.

Deputy leader, Cllr Dudley Mead, said: “I applaud the council’s investigators for bringing this complicated case to a successful conclusion.

“It serves as a clear warning that those who seek to cheat the benefits system and defraud honest taxpayers out of hard-earned money should know that the council and the courts will punish them with the maximum penalty available.”

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

Latest Crime news

Friday, July 3, 2015
Police want to talk to this man about the incident in Liverpool Street

A 12-year-old girl is ‘traumatised’ after being sexually assaulted by a drunk pervert at Liverpool Street station last night.

Friday, July 3, 2015
Azelle Rodney was shot dead 10 years ago (Photo: PA Wire)

A Met marksman who who blasted suspected armed robber Azelle Rodney six times at close range 10 years ago has been cleared of his murder.

Friday, July 3, 2015
Hordes of police were sent in tot control the situation (Photo: @mansfieldmaddie, used with permission)

Police were called to a huge brawl in Shooters Hill last night after a party got out of hand.

Friday, July 3, 2015
Police would like to speak to this woman

A Footlocker shop worker was sprayed in the face with bleach in a vicious attack in Kilburn, west London.

Friday, July 3, 2015
Do you recognise this man? If so, please contact British Transport Police on the number listed below

Police are looking for a rugby fan after a woman was inappropriately touched after the official Army vs Navy rugby match on Saturday May 9.

Friday, July 3, 2015
Blackfriars Crown Court (Picture: PA Images)

A woman prison custody officer who was allegedly assaulted as she escorted a prisoner at Blackfriars Crown Court on Monday has died.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

Competitions

Good times with Greenall's!

Good times with Greenall’s, a Great British gin sponsors Great British racing.

Read more
Escape to the picturesque sights of Cornwall

Summer is finally here, and what is the number one holiday location in the UK during the warmer months? Cornwall, of course!

Read more
Adrenalin junkies, this one's for you!

An icon of British engineering and a consistent favourite of James Bond, there are few names quite as legendary in motoring as Aston Martin.

Read more