A benefit cheat who conned the taxpayer out of more than £26,000 was handed a jail sentence.
Andrew Cross, 43, of The Slade, Clapham was slapped with a 12 week prison sentence and ordered to pay back the money.
Bedford Magistrates Court took a dim view of Mr Cross crime at a hearing on Wednesday, September 11.
They heard how he had failed to tell Bedford Borough Council, or the Department For Work and Pensions when his partner moved in with him.
Mr Cross pleaded guilty to eight counts of dishonestly making false representations and three counts of dishonestly failing to give prompt notification of a chance in his entitlement to receive housing and council tax benefit, and his job seekers allowance.
Councillor Shan Hunt, portfolio holder for revenue and benefits at Bedford Borough Council, said: “Financial support is available to help those who genuinely need it and it is important that those people receive the full amount available to them.
“However, when people deceive the system and steal money from the public purse we will use all the powers available to us in order to stop this crime.
“The action taken by the magistrates court supports our decision to prosecute and I hope this serves as a warning to others who may be tempted to claim money they are not entitled to.”
The investigation found that Mr Cross stole more than £8,000 in jobseekers and employment support allowance, and over £18,000 in housing and council tax benefit.