TWELVE benefit cheats have been caught out, following a lengthy investigation by Solihull Council.
The local authority found 12 residents, who between them had over-claimed more than £30,000 in benefits.
Those who have been playing the system will have to repay the money, and some of the offenders have also been issued with fines.
Coun Ken Hawkins, cabinet member for resources, said: “We want to ensure that benefits are reaching those who are entitled to them.
“Unfortunately, there is a minority of people who think it’s acceptable to take money away from those who really need it, and from the pockets of hard working tax payers, by being dishonest about their circumstances.”
Among those who were prosecuted, was a Chelmsley Wood woman – who had failed to report change in her circumstances.
She was ordered to repay £5,580 in housing, council tax, and income support benefits. In addition, she was slapped with a six-month supervised community order.
“We want to send these people the message that we will track them down and take action.”
If you suspect someone is claiming benefits that they might not be entitled to, call 0800 328 6340. Details can be passed on anonymously.