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Andrew Leacock, 60, of Coronation Road, Ipswich, sentenced after committing £20,000 worth of social care fraud





A man has been sentenced after committing £20,000 worth of social care fraud.

Andrew Leacock, 60, of Coronation Road, Ipswich, admitted to creating and submitting false documents and expense claims totalling £20,046.60 between October 2017 and February 2021.

He made claims on behalf of his partner, who was in receipt of payments from Suffolk County Council (SCC) to provide extra support due to her disability.

Andrew Leacock, of Coronation Road, was sentenced at Ipswich Crown Court after committing £20,000 worth of social care fraud
Andrew Leacock, of Coronation Road, was sentenced at Ipswich Crown Court after committing £20,000 worth of social care fraud

Leacock was sentenced to two years in prison, suspended for two years, 30 days of rehabilitation and ordered to pay £1,800 in compensation at Ipswich Crown Court today.

Speaking after the sentencing Cllr Beccy Hopfensperger, cabinet member for adult care, said: “This is a good result for adult social care in Suffolk, and I want to thank the counter-fraud team and legal services for their hard work in successfully prosecuting this case.

“I hope this outcome serves as a clear warning to others who may be thinking of trying to defraud social care – Suffolk County Council will always vigorously pursue and prosecute people who steal from the taxpayer.”

SCC’s counter-fraud team launched an investigation after a social care financial review raised concerns over how the direct payments had been used.

The concerns were compounded by inconsistencies relating to claims made for cleaning, ironing and gardening services.

The investigation found that Leacock had assumed full control of his partner’s direct payments, with funds going into his own bank account.

He alleged payments were being made in cash to three individuals to provide services who did not exist.