Fraudster changes his name 17 times in £47k benefits con

A fraudster changed his name 17 TIMES to claim a staggering £47,000 in benefits.

Finn Harvey Schneider, 47, from Osgathorpe, Leics, used fake names such as Rai River Croft and Zachary Caleb Maxillian to earn up to £1,000 a week working, while claiming benefits at the same time.

Leicester Crown Court heard how Schneider changed the names on his driving licence more than 12 times to keep up with his “sophisticated” frauds and lived in a “fantasy world”.

Finn Schneider Benefit Cheat

Fraudster Finn Schneider outside of court

Finn Schneider Benefit Cheat

The benefit cheat change his name an incredible 17 times.

Schneider’s original name is believed to have been Raymond Fairclough and over the past five years he has created 17 different personas for himself.

He even changed his name to Rai River Croft since his arrest.

The court heard how Schneider was claiming benefits including a carer’s allowance, job seekers’ allowance, disability living allowance, social fund payments and incapacity benefit under one name but working and earning up to £1,000 a week in various other names.