Two benefit cheats who failed to report a change in their income to falsely obtain over £22,000 have appeared before magistrates.
Nicholas Miller, 27, of Oakrits, Meldreth, pleaded guilty to three counts of failing to report a change in circumstance and two counts of making false statements to obtain benefit.
The court heard that Miller failed to tell South Cambridgeshire District Council (SCDC) about several changes to his income and that a relative had moved in with him.
Miller had been overpaid £6226.75 in housing benefit and £1,463.69 in council tax benefit, which he must repay.
Magistrates imposed a 15-month community order, during which he must complete 180 hours of unpaid work.
He was also ordered to pay costs of £519 and a £60 victim surcharge.
In a separate case, Yvonne Turner-Andrews, 56, of Greenbank, Cambourne, also pleaded guilty to a charge of failing to report a change in circumstance.
Turner-Andrews failed to tell SCDC about an increase in her income from 2009, which affected her benefit entitlement and resulted in an overpayment of £12,054.46 in housing benefit and £2,529.18 in council tax benefit.
The case has been adjourned until October 17 for sentencing.
Cllr Simon Edwards, SCDC deputy leader and portfolio holder for finance, said: “We are committed to tackling benefit fraud and will not hesitate to prosecute anyone found to have dishonestly taken money away from people in real need of help.
“These two cases highlight just how important it is for people receiving benefit to report a change in circumstance to SCDC.
“If they don’t, they may miss out on benefit they are entitled to or end up being overpaid, which could result in a criminal prosecution, as has happened here.”
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