A SALE man has been convicted of falsely claiming more than £20,000 in benefits.

At Trafford Magistrates’ Court on February 11, David Hudson, 40, of Leicester Road, was sentenced to 16 weeks imprisonment suspended for two years.

He was also ordered to pay £1,123 towards prosecution costs and a victim surcharge of £80.

Mr Hudson had provided false income details on his benefit claim form which showed that his employed earnings were significantly less than the amount he actually earned.

As a result he was overpaid £22,518.89 in housing and council tax benefit between February 16 2008 and November 4 2012.

The council is also recovering all of the monies that were obtained through this offence from Mr Hudson.

Ian Duncan, director offFinance said: “Once again the council has demonstrated its determination to clamp down on benefit fraudsters.

“It will not tolerate people taking money they are not entitled to, money which should be available for genuine claimants.”

If you suspect anyone of benefit fraud contact Trafford Council on 0161 912 2852 or via Freefone number 0800 328 6340.