Fellow Crowstone Road residents did not understand why Mr Hardman had not moved elsewhere after his online music competition turned into a successful enterprise.
Francis Carpell, 74, said: “I think it’s disgusting. It shocks me to hear someone would do that when pensioners are struggling to get by.
“Why would you stay there when you had the opportunity to move? He most probably didn’t spend a penny of what he had in the bank. You always find it’s the people who have money who seem to be the tightest.
“I’m just glad the council caught on to what he was doing.”
Another neighbour, who does not want to be named, added: “I certainly wouldn’t want to stay in that flat if I had the money to move elsewhere!”Well, it's not so surprising, is it?
After all, he can get away with it (as he's already gotten away with just a suspended sentence and a fine merely equalling the money he's defrauded) and he's following the examples set by such 'men of the people' as Bob Crow and Frank Dobson, isn't he?
And they aren't alone, either...