A WHISTON man falsely claimed £16,000 in benefits after failing to declare his full earnings.
But Walter Shuttleworth was caught out via a joint investigation by Knowsley Council and the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).
The 47-year-old had been claiming housing and council tax benefit on the basis that he lived with his partner at Skeffington, Whiston, and was in receipt of income support and carer’s allowance.
But Shuttleworth was found to have stashed substantial earnings from a gardening business in an undeclared bank account.
And he admitted failing to notify Knowsley Council of a change in his circumstances – which he knew would affect his benefit entitlement – before Huyton Magistrates’ Court.
Shuttleworth was ordered to abide by a four-month 7pm-7am curfew and ordered to pay £100 costs.
A spokesman for Knowsley Council said: “It is completely unacceptable for anybody to cheat money out of the community in this way and we will always investigate allegations of fraud thoroughly with DWP.
“If any resident has a change in circumstances which may affect their benefit entitlement, they should contact the council immediately.”