Hereford & Worcester

Singer PJ Proby denies £47,000 benefit fraud

PJ Proby
Image caption PJ Proby denies benefit fraud

Former pop star PJ Proby has denied charges of benefit fraud amounting to £47,000.

Magistrates in Worcester have sent the case for trial at crown court after the singer, from Twyford, near Evesham, entered his plea.

The 72-year-old, whose real name is James Marcus Smith, faces nine charges spanning from 2002 to 2008.

The case has been adjourned until a committal hearing at Worcester Magistrates Court on 30 March.

The singer became famous in the early 1960s.

He faces charges which relate to claims for pension credit, housing benefit and council tax benefit.

Among the charges are two counts of failing to declare savings and investments, and four of failing to inform the authorities of a change in circumstances.

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