Fraud wife was council worker

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A SOUTH Yorkshire pensioner who failed to declare his wife was working for Barnsley Council has been given a community sentence for benefit fraud.

Geoffrey Greenwood, of Cypress Road, Kendray, received £2,338 in council tax benefit to which he was not entitled, Barnsley magistrates heard.

The 71-year-old admitted failing to tell officials his wife was working and failing to declare which bank account her wages were paid into.

He told Barnsley Council investigators he was struggling to pay his mortgage and then realised he was ‘in too deep’.

Greenwood admitted six charges of submitting false declarations and was given a 12-month community order.

He was also ordered to do 100 hours unpaid work for the community and pay £200 in costs.