Benefit cheat, 55, spared prison

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A 55-year-old St Helens man has pleaded guilty to three benefit fraud offences of dishonestly failing to declare true circumstances that he knew would affect his benefits.

Keith Twist, of Brynn Street, failed to declare to St Helens Council’s Benefits Department and the Department for Works and Pension, capital in excess of the prescribed limit resulting in an overpayment of benefit totalling £50,107.47. He was sentenced in September to eight weeks imprisonment, suspended for two years. He was also required to pay back the overpayment in full.