Simon Daymond-Harris, 37, gets affirmatively caught on benefits cheat after his seven-year-old son detailed on his online blog their luxurious 10-month cruise to the Carribean, thus alerting fraud investigators to delve further into Daymond-Harris’ benefit claims.
Investigations have led to disclosure of a string of frauds dating as far back as August 2006 when Daymond-Harris claimed his earnings of £90 working 16 hours a week at a pub in High Wycombe, Bucks was not enough to support his family of four. Also part of his claims included him needing to pay rent of £925 a month for a waterside apartment located in Millbay Marina Village, Plymouth. All this earned him £560-a-month housing benefit. Suspicions were also arisen from doubtful bank deposits submitted to back up his false claims. It was then discovered that he was indeed the licensee of the pub and that, upon verifying with the Land Registry, the apartment was in fact owned by his parents and him and his family could live there rent-free.
Young Oliver Daymond-Harris, the fraudster’s son, with his unintentional blog has served as the last straw. The cruise apparently was in November 2006, just a few months after the first claim. Simon Daymond-Harris apparently had used some computer software to alter the bank statements, in an attempt to hide his being out of the country. He further admitted to offences of fraud; submitting fake bank statements and other false documents to support all his claims.
All the incriminating evidence sent Simon Daymond-Harris to a 12-week jail sentence.