Club owner’s benefits scam

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A Chorley nightclub owner spun a web of deceit to claim benefits to which he was not

entitled, a court heard.

Jason McQuoid claimed he lived alone, when he shared a home with a girlfriend and then married her.

He also failed to declare he had more than £12,000 in bank accounts with his name on and did not mention it when he first started work as a door security officer.

Alison Quanbrough, prosecuting, said McQuoid defrauded the benefits system between June 2011 and January last year. He had lived at Sycamore Cottage, Chorley, with girlfriend Rebecca Nuttall.

He lied to the authorities saying he did not live with a girlfriend, and on September 9, 2011, he married his partner.

McQuoid also failed to reveal he had two bank account with his name on – a joint one with his wife containing more than £10,000 and in the other account, £2,600.

He claimed he had £60 in savings.

He also did not tell the authorities when he started work as a door supervisor.

He illegally claimed a total of £3,012 in council tax and housing benefit from Chorley Borough Council and Job Seekers’ Allowance from the DWP.

McQuoid, 22, owner of the Vogue nightclub (above), who now lives in an apartment on the premises at King Street, Leigh, Wigan, pleaded guilty to five offences of dishonestly making a false statement to obtain benefits.

McQuoid was sentenced to do 150 hours’ unpaid work for the community and fined £100 with £100 costs plus £60 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.

David Charnley, defending, said his client had pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity.

The £10,000 in one account was paid in by McQuoid’s wife when she received an insurance payout after a road accident and money in the other account was his mother’s.

He added McQuoid did not consider that money his.

His wife’s payout had been used to help buy the nightclub.