Housing benefit cheat fined

STEVEN Singh, 29, of Clayburn Gardens, South Ockendon, appeared before Basildon Magistrates on Thursday (18 June) charged with three offences of benefit fraud.

Magistrates were told he had been allocated a council property in Clayburn Gardens, South Ockendon and sub-let it and was living in North London. He had also failed to declare his income from his tenant.

Singh admitted the offences and was sentenced to a Community Order of 12 months. He was also ordered to do 140 hours of unpaid work and ordered to pay £150 costs.

In addition, he will also have to repay all the overpaid benefit to Thurrock Council.

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