A SHAMED former Hucknall man whose job was to investigate fraudsters has been hauled before the courts for helping his wife falsely claim thousands of pounds worth of benefits.
Taxman Jonathan Middup (34) was employed by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).
But after an anonymous tip-off, an investigation was launched that revealed he helped Carla Middup scoop more than £16,829 in illegal payments.
The scam was based around falsely telling the authorities that Carla was a single parent living alone at a house in Hucknall.
Nottingham Magistrates Court heard that Carla Middup (28), of Brook Street, Hucknall, who was also known as Carla McGlinchey, claimed income support, housing benefit and council-tax benefit.
She filled in three claim-forms between November 2007 and September 2008, declaring she was not living in the same house as her husband. She also signed to say the information was correct.
At an earlier hearing, she pleaded guilty to three charges of making a false statement or representation to claim benefit. She was sentenced to eight weeks in jail, suspended for a year, and ordered to complete a 12-month supervision order.
Now the case has been completed against Jonathan Middup, who admitted fraud by false representation and aiding or abetting a false statement or representation.
He altered a tenancy agreement for their home in Hucknall to make it look as if only Carla lived there.
The prosecutions were brought by the Department of Works and Pensions (DWP).
Jonathan Middup was given the same eight-week prison sentence, suspended for a year, and order to do 100 hours of community service.
The DWP said that in Jonathan Middup’s position with HMRC, his responsibilities would have included helping unearth similar frauds to the one he and his wife carried out.
In passing sentence, district judge Morris Cooper labelled the offence “appalling”.
HMRC confirmed that it was aware of the criminal case against Jonathan Middup, who had been sacked on the grounds of gross misconduct in June last year.
Jonathan Middup now lives on Mansfield Road, Underwood.