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Man sentenced over benefits fraud
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."


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