Fraudster’s work in the community

A MAN will serve 80 hours unpaid work after receiving £16,000 of benefits while working.

James Cook, of Sherburn Road, Brighouse, pleaded guilty to 12 counts of making dishonest representations for benefits.

The 65-year-old had retired and was claiming housing benefit, council tax benefit and pension credits when he began doing odd jobs for friends who paid him in cash.

Judge Jonathan Rose said: “There is a significant level of mitigation.

“The message that goes out is that if you are in receipt of benefits and bringing in any sort of income the right thing to do is to report that to the relevant agency.”