A Granborough man who falsely claimed more than £23,000 of taxpayers’ money has been given a suspended sentence.
Robert Bland, 41, of Bates Close, failed to notify Aylesbury Vale District Council (AVDC) and the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) that he had a partner and that they were both employed.
In total, he claimed £4,943 in housing benefit, £1,282 in council tax benefit, £11,121 in income support and £5,719 in incapacity benefit.
High Wycombe magistrates sentenced Mr Bland to six weeks custody, suspended for 12 months and was ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £85.
As in all cases, the overpayment of benefits will have to be repaid in full to AVDC and the DWP.
The court case followed a joint investigation by benefit fraud investigators from AVDC and the DWP.
Neil Blake, leader of the council, said: “Benefit fraud is not a victimless crime; it affects all council taxpayers and those in receipt of council services.
“We take any attempt to abuse the benefits system very seriously and those who do will find the penalties can be much worse than simply repaying illegally obtained benefits, as this case shows.”
For anyone claiming housing or council tax benefits who is unsure as to whether or not they are still entitled to them, contact AVDC on 01296 585618 for advice. To confidentially report benefit fraud, call AVDC on 01296 585570 or firstname.lastname@example.org.