PORTSMOUTH, England, July 10 (UPI) -- A British man who bragged about his benefit fraud scheme to a newspaper could face jail time after pleading guilty to the crime.
Barry Marsh, a builder, has been collecting weekly benefits after claiming a "bad back" prevented him from working, The Daily Mail reported Tuesday.
However, he told a newspaper after a vehicle he was traveling in overturned that he had been visiting a Turkey resort on vacation for seven years. The article was seen by staff at his local job center and a fraud inquiry was executed.
"Throughout the course of the search there were quite clear indications he was living a lifestyle well above the levels he could afford," government benefit fraud investigator Steve Cox told The Daily Mail.
"Benefit fraud is stealing from someone in need. Marsh was a man with a lot of money in his bank account yet he'd been stealing from people who needed that money."
Marsh pleaded guilty to the $63,000 benefit fraud scheme. He is to be sentenced next week.