Benefit fraudster ordered to pay back hundreds

A BENEFIT cheat, who continued to claim council handouts despite finding a job, has been ordered to repay nearly �1,500 by magistrates.

John Folan pleaded guilty to benefit fraud after he claimed housing and council tax benefit totalling more than �1,430 between March 30 and June 15, 2009.

Folan, of Hockerill, Watton-at-Stone, claimed the money fraudulently after he failed to notify East Herts Council that he had found work and come off the dole.

As well as having to repay the �1,430, Folan, 49, was fined �145 and ordered to pay �215 costs.

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