FRAUDBUSTERS armed with computer technology are winning the war against Huddersfield's benefits cheats.
And all their efforts have saved Kirklees residents over £130,000 in overpaid benefit.
The inquiry has also seen 11 people prosecuted, 16 given cautions and eight ordered to repay money. A further 30 cases are pending.
Kirklees Council's revenues and benefits fraud investigation team have been working in partnership with Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) investigators on an anti-fraud initiative operated by the Audit Commission.
More than £90,000 of the savings were in housing and council tax benefit.
The Audit Commission's national fraud initiative (NFI) is a computerised data matching exercise run every two years to protect the public purse.
It helps detect housing benefit, council tax benefit, payroll and other frauds committed against local authorities, the NHS and other public and private sector organisations.
The council's fraudbusters have been working closely with investigators from the Department of Work and Pensions to ensure all identified overpaid benefit is investigated and recovered.
Anti-benefit fraud minister James Plaskitt said: "The DWP, in partnership with local authorities, is taking action against more fraudsters than ever before.
"Closer working with our partners means that we know where and when people try to commit benefit fraud.
"Cheats should be warned: We're on to you."
Clr Paul Battye, the Kirklees Council cabinet member responsible for the Revenues and Benefits Service, said: "Once again, this is excellent work from the benefit fraud investigation team and their partners.
"This shows fraudsters that technology will help track them down.
"Despite our success with this exercise, we are not complacent and will continue to pro-actively pursue those who steal money from every tax payer."
Peter Yetzes from the Audit Commission's NFI team said the savings, prosecutions and other sanctions achieved by Kirklees were impressive and reflected the actions of auditors and investigators working together.
A WOMAN with two jobs was caught out.
As well as working for a cleaning company she failed to declare her earnings from work as a kitchen assistant at a Huddersfield school.
After admitting failing to mention her extra work on five claim forms she was prosecuted at Huddersfield Magistrates' Court.
She was ordered to repay the £4,290.13 overpayment and was sentenced to a 150-hour community punishment order.
ANOTHER claimant failed to notify the council she had started work.
She then tried to cover her tracks by lying about the date she started work, on two occasions.
Investigators found she had been working for a further 18 months, calculating the overpayment at £3,954.
In court, the woman was sentenced to a 12-month community order, including 200 hours unpaid work. She was also ordered to pay a £150 contribution to council costs.