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Army Cadet Force instructor in court on benefits charge

AN ARMY Cadet Force instructor from Acocks Green, who has been exposed by a newspaper as a benefits cheat, has appeared at Birmingham Magistrates Court.

AN ARMY Cadet Force instructor from Acocks Green, who has been exposed by a newspaper as a benefits cheat, has appeared at Birmingham Magistrates Court.

Anthony Cleverley, 40, pleaded guilty to a charge under the Social Security Administration Act of failing to declare a change in circumstances. He is due to be sentenced on Monday.

The Birmingham Mail, which has investigated Cleverley, reported that he claimed almost £15,000 in fraudulent payouts.

He said he could only walk two to four yards at a time and needed the aid of sticks, splints and a wheelchair to get around.

But an anonymous tip-off to investigators at the Department of Work and Pensions revealed Cleverley had told the Army he was in good health and had no disabilities that would affect his ability to stand, walk, climb stairs, lift or use his hand and arms.

As far back as June 1998, he stated he was incapable of work but no longer required the use of his wheelchair, although he still used a stick and was limited to walking short distances on a good day.

In November that year, he claimed he still required help throughout the day with his personal care and was only able to walk 20 metres before stopping, although sometimes he was able to go around the supermarket holding a trolley.

Cleverley could not be contacted for comment.

 

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