A Wellingborough man has been sentenced to community service for fraudulently claiming almost £5,000 in benefits.
Richie Woodley , 33, of Rycroft Close, Wellingborough, was claiming jobseekers allowance, housing benefit and council tax benefit when he failed to declare that his partner had moved into his home address.
Wellingborough Council launched a joint investigation with the Department for Work and Pensions after information was received that his partner, who was in full-time employment had moved in.
Investigations were carried out and it was discovered that Woodley’s partner had moved into Rycroft Close in February 2011. Woodley was later charged to appear at Wellingborough Magistrates’ Court.
Mr Woodley pleaded guilty to two offences: one of failing to notify the change of circumstances with his partner in order to obtain Jobseekers Allowance and one of failing to notify the change of circumstances with his partner to obtain housing and council tax benefit.
He appeared at Wellingborough Magistrates Court where he was sentenced to a community service order to do unpaid work.