A Grimsby father-of-five has been ordered to complete 200 hours of unpaid community work after fraudulently claiming nearly £10,000 in benefits.
Philip Hardy, 37, of Duke Street, claimed benefits between 2002 and 2006 despite having a full-time job, Grimsby Magistrates' Court heard.
As a result, housing benefit totalling £7,712 and council tax benefits totalling £2,137 were overpaid to him.
He was given a 12-month community order and ordered to pay £75 in costs.
North East Lincolnshire Council said the case should be a warning to others.
The council's deputy director of finance, Simon Riley, said: "We will go to every possible length to bring these individuals to justice.
"Most residents in North East Lincolnshire are law-abiding citizens and it is only fair to them that we continue to prosecute in all cases where there is evidence of illegal practices."