UK Pensions minister Iain Duncan Smith has personally intervened in the case of a benefit cheat exposed by the Olive Press two years ago.
Smith has demanded to know why Norman Brennan was allowed to continue living in Spain despite fleeing the UK in 2008.
Brennan, from Liverpool, had admitted to £120,000 of benefit fraud but had spent the last five years living in Mijas.
He admitted to Liverpool Crown Court that he used his brother’s name to claim housing and council tax benefit, Jobseekers’ Allowance and pension credits.
The government has now intervened after Sky News confronted Brennan this week having picked up our exclusive story.
The Olive Press became aware of Brennan in 2011 after the police, government and Junta all failed to act on tip offs from Brennan’s neighbours.
When quizzed at the time by the Olive Press, the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) said: “It would be great to track down Brennan who is awaiting sentencing for fraud.”
But no further action was taken against the retired joiner, despite him remaining at the same address and even receiving post from the pensions department.