Benefits cheat jailed for using taxpayers' money to live 'life of Riley' on tropical island
This guy is only the very tip of the iceburge, I know of many people doing similar or same thing from EU and USA. Your tax money is giving loads of old guys pleasure in tropical paridises it makes me sick. I myself have a military pension thats equal or just a bit more than some of these gretins are fiddling and these leeches can be seen here siting in the bars with fat beer bellies drinking themselfs silly on tax payers money.
Brian Riley lived up to his name by dishonestly claiming nearly £30,000 in benefits and using it to live on a tropical island for more than three years.
Riley, 48, spent taxpayers' money buying a holiday home and land in Sri Lanka where he married a local woman.
His trips between his home in Bradford and his new life were so regular that he was recognised as a frequent traveller by Qatar Airways.
He has been jailed for eight months after pleading guilty to five counts of dishonesty.
Bradford Crown Court heard that he failed to tell the authorities he was no longer a permanent resident of the UK and continued to receive income support, council tax benefit and disability living allowance.
Between January 2002 and April this year, he tricked his local council and the Department for Work and Pensions out of £28,293.51, after failing to notify them he had moved to Sri Lanka.
Riley claimed he had stayed on the island to work with a charity providing relief for victims of the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami.
The court heard how Riley attempted to buy the holiday home at a bargain price but ended up paying £20,000 - more than three times the asking price.
Defence barrister Sophie Drake claimed there was no evidence to prove the home abroad had been entirely paid