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Alan Blacker slapped with nine-month suspended jail sentence for benefit fraud

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Filmed driving miniature locomotives, despite claiming he needed round-the-clock care

Alan Blacker – Credit: CPS

The former lawyer Alan Blacker, aka Lord Harley, has been handed a nine-month suspended jail term after being found guilty of benefit fraud.

The 47-year-old, who first hit headlines in 2014 following a bust-up with a judge at Cardiff Crown Court, dishonestly claimed Disability Living Allowance for five years, stealing £23,127 from the taxpayer, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said in a statement this afternoon.

The CPS said the colourful ex-lawyer had claimed he was “unable to walk without physical support from another person”, “required personal care from another person at all times during the day and night” and “could not manage steps or stairs”.

But footage gathered by the Department for Work and Pensions showed Blacker moving relatively freely, driving miniature locomotives, taking part in training sessions with the Sea Cadets and navigating Cardiff Crown Court while representing a client.

Blacker, who was struck off in 2016 after multiple misconduct charges were proven, was found guilty on 26 November 2019 following a trial at Manchester Crown Court of making a false representation to obtain a benefit. The jury failed to reach a verdict on a further count of dishonestly failing to notify a change in circumstances.

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Blacker was sentenced to nine months in prison, suspended for a year.

Rob Girvan, of the CPS Mersey Cheshire Fraud Unit, said: “At one point during this investigation, Alan Blacker was working as an advocate in Cardiff Crown Court, moving around the building with ease and climbing stairs, while claiming benefits aimed at people who are ‘virtually unable to walk'”.

He continued: “He had several hobbies and interests, most of them requiring a degree of mobility which he said he didn’t have. The Crown Prosecution Service built a strong case against Alan Blacker and the jury agreed with us that he made deliberate, dishonest representations about his capabilities. This money is much needed by many genuine claimants throughout the country and people like Blacker put dishonest demands on an already stretched public purse.”

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46 Comments

Senior Pissballer

I’m sure Dominic D’Souza will look forward to persuading Blacker to submit his POCA S16 fully and frankly! Maybe he could have a huge amount to drink and yodel another melancholy blues for us on his twitter thingie.

Anonymous

Benefit fraudsters should be locked up for far longer. But we are in a world of soft sentences, social reports and a fanatical misplaced belief in the merits of jail time rehabilitation efforts. They don’t learn at the University of Crime if they are in solitary confinement.

Anon

Blacker looks SO much older than 47

Anonymous

The working classes do not age so well.

RonProbo

The real question remains unanswered: how did the SRA allow him to be admitted in the first place? His application for admission must have been replete with lies/statements which would cause any competent regulator to raise an eyebrow and make further enquiries.

The truth is that he was never really a solicitor in the first place. He only got onto the roll because the SRA failed to consider his application properly.

Truth Or Lies

Did he declare his 1998 conviction when he applied to go on the Roll?

I think we should be told.

Internet Learner

When will Blacker make a statement to his followers on Twitter and/or LinkedIn? Or has he now given up this aspect of public life as well? The sooner he is condemed to history, the better.

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