A MAN lied about being robbed to get an emergency loan, a court was told.
Mark Kelly, 28, unemployed, of Town Terrace, Bradley Mills, told police in Huddersfield on May 12 that he had been attacked by three men while he was walking home from the pub on May 11.
Huddersfield magistrates heard he claimed the men had assaulted him and took £100 and his mobile phone.
On May 13, he told the same story to Janis Haworth, a social fund officer for the Department of Work and Pensions.
He said he had no money left and was given a Crisis Loan of £70.
But police studying CCTV footage failed to find the alleged robbery and Kelly
eventually admitted it did not take place.
He said he received his injuries and lost money in a fight with one man on his way home from the pub.
Kelly admitted charges of wasting police time and obtaining £70 from Ms Haworth by deception.
His solicitor, Neil Murphy, said: "This was not the brightest form of deception. If he had said `I've got no money and I need a loan' he would have been given one.
"He's been very silly. This is an offence he is sorry for."
Kelly was placed under a 7pm to 7am curfew order and electronic tagging and ordered to pay £40 costs.