Convicted of benefit fraud

A FILEY benefit fraudster who falsely claimed more than £3,000 in benefits has been sentenced to 200 hours unpaid work.

Steven Shaw was found guilty of theft after picking up housing and incapacity benefit by not declaring he was in paid work.

Shaw was ordered to carry out the community work and repay 3,144 which he falsely claimed as well as 80 costs.

The prosecution came after work between Scarborough Council and the Department for Work and Pensions fraud team.

Nicholas Edwards, the council’s head of finance and asset management said the case proved they were committed to stopping fraud.

He said: “Protecting money for public services is always a priority for the council.

“Benefit fraud is theft and we can and will find and punish benefit thieves and anyone wanting to report suspected benefit fraud can contact the council on 0800 0568154.”