A Hartlepool benefits cheat worked for four years while claiming more than £65,000

Teesside Crown Court
Teesside Crown Court

A BENEFITS cheat fraudulently claimed more than £65,000 over four years.

Paul Meggison, 48, racked up the benefits between 2009 and 2013 while he was secretly working as a car delivery driver, Teesside Crown Court heard.

He continued to claim income support and housing benefit from Hartlepool Borough Council totalling £66,430.

Meggison, of Fife Grove, Hartlepool, is paying the debt back at a rate of £90 a week.

He was given eight months prison suspended for 18 months and ordered to complete 140 hours unpaid work.