A man charged with fraudulently claiming benefits while living in Thailand is set to appear in court.

Charles Wheeler, 65, of Honey Brook in Waltham Abbey, is alleged to have dishonestly claimed Housing Benefit between April 6, 2009 and June 5, 2012.

He is also suspected of fraudulently claiming Pension Credit from July 7, 2009, and June 5, 2012.

Mr Wheeler is due to appear in Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court today.