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PJ Proby cleared of benefit fraud

AMERICAN-born pop singer PJ Proby has been cleared of benefit fraud after the prosecution dropped its case following the discovery of new evidence.

AMERICAN-born pop singer PJ Proby has been cleared of benefit fraud after the prosecution dropped its case following the discovery of new evidence.

Proby, 73, was acquitted of nine counts relating to claims for various benefits after prosecutors found documents relating to the case in an office in Doncaster.

The singer-songwriter, who lived in Linthwaite in the 1970s, smiled in the dock at Worcester Crown Court as he was found not guilty on the directions of Judge John Cavell nine days into a scheduled three-week trial.

Prosecutor Nicholas Smith told the court the Department of Work and Pensions had decided to offer no evidence against the 1960s star after reviewing the newly-discovered material.

 

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