A worker at the Department for Work and Penions has admitted abusing his position by carrying out a £9,000 work fraud.
Muhammed Talha Saiyed, who lives in a semi detached home on Duchy Avenue, Fulwood, worked as a benefits processor at the Preston DWP offices but has been sacked from his role after his crime came to light.
The 29-year-old was quizzed after DWP investigators carried out a probe following routine checks into his activities.
The fraud is understood to relate to cash being paid into different accounts. Saiyed benefitted to the tune of more than £9,000.
His activities took place between October 1 and December 31 last year.
He was arrested by Preston police and charged with fraud by dishonestly abusing his position intending to make a gain, namely monies, for himself.
During an appearance at Preston Magistrates Court he pleaded guilty to fraud.
But magistrates, who have limited sentencing powers, felt the matter could only properly be sentenced at the Crown Court and his case has been committed.
He will be sentenced at Preston Crown Court on October 23 and has been given unconditional bail until his appearance.
A DWP spokesman said: “Concerns were raised after routine internal checks were carried out. He has been dismissed amd has admitted his crimes.”
It comes just six weeks after fellow DWP worker and benefit cheat Dean Woods, 44, of Freckleton was jailed for 60 days. He had filmed himself dancing round his pool table and scaling Sydney Harbour Bridge - while overclaiming £15,000 benefits for chronic back pain.
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