Patrick Ronan, 74, leaving court
Patrick Ronan, 74, had already banked the jackpot when he applied for pension credits in March 2005. But he failed to reveal his windfall.
For the next 11 years he raked in £79,803 before his fraud was exposed in February last year.
At Liverpool Crown Court Ronan, of Southport, Merseyside, who is now suffering from cancer, admitted making a dishonest representation to obtain benefit.
Geoffrey Lowe, defending, said the case involved “somewhat unusual circumstances” and his client had been battling cancer since making the dishonest claim.
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He said: “It is clear from a report and, indeed, it seems from the appearance of Mr Ronan, that he has in fact been very seriously ill.
Only a small minority of people try to cheat the benefits system
Recorder Rowena Goode
“The primary problem is that cancer was diagnosed and a rather drastic operation was performed – the evidence you can see on Mr Ronan’s face – which resulted in a significant loss of his jaw.
“Also, he has to be fed by a tube as a result of the loss of capacity from the illness itself or the treatment.”
Mr Lowe said that doctors had booked Ronan in for a MRI scan after a routine follow-up check-up had revealed something that required “further investigation”.
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Ronan admitted making a dishonest representation to obtain benefit at Liverpool Crown Court
He said instead of attending court Ronan should have seen a consultant in relation to the scan.
He added: “Unfortunately those findings have not been made known to the consultant oncologist and it has not been possible for him to consider the situation, the prognosis and anything arising out of that.”
Mr Lowe said what was discovered could have a “significant impact” on sentencing.
He requested an adjournment as it was hoped the results of the scan and a medical report would be provided to the court by the end of May.
Recorder Rowena Goode adjourned sentencing until June 16 for medical reports to be drawn up.
A Department for Work and Pensions spokesman said: “Only a small minority of people try to cheat the benefits system.
“But cases like this show how we are rooting out those who are stealing taxpayers’ money and diverting it away from the people who really need it.”