Wednesday 04 September 2013 Updated: 05/09 00:17
A BROMSGROVE benefit cheat who falsely claimed £18,085 between March 2009 and July 2012 has been given a six-month community order at Redditch Magistrates Court.
William Shire, of Melbourne Road, said he was living alone when, in reality, he had another person over the age of 18 years living with him.
It follows a probe by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) which identified the fraud through cross matching data.
Officers from Bromsgrove District Council were then brought on board by the DWP to investigate further.
As well as the community order, which will see him visit a probation officer for six months, the 64-year-old was also ordered to pay £150 costs at the hearing on Monday (September 2). He will also have to repay all the funds in full.
Anyone wanting to report benefit fraud can call 01527 881221, complete the online fraud report form at www.bromsgrove.gov.uk/fraud or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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