A HUDDERSFIELD man has been fined for claiming thousands of pounds in benefits to which he was not entitled.
Michael Gilroy, 48, of Meg Lane in Longwood, appeared at Huddersfield Magistrates' Court yesterday.
He admitted two charges of failing to notify Kirklees Council of a change in his circumstances.
Gilroy applied for incapacity benefit from August 23, 2004, because he could not work after breaking his wrist.
When this benefit went up, he did not declare his increased income to the council and they continued to pay council tax and housing benefit at the old higher rate.
Then, on March 7, this year, Gilroy started full-time work at engineers Taylor Shaw Ltd on Albert Street in Huddersfield.
However, he did not declare this to Kirklees Council and continued to claim his housing and council tax benefit.
In total, between August, 2004, and May 22, this year, he claimed £1,699.74 in benefits.
Defence solicitor Andrew Dinning said Gilroy had not fully understood the process of declaring changes in his circumstances.
He added that Gilroy had started paying back the benefits he claimed in July, at a rate of £40 a week.
He said: "It was a simple mistake, he's realised this, accepted it and has been paying the money back."
Gilroy escaped a community punishment order because he already does considerable charity and community work in his free time.
He was instead fined £100 by magistrates and ordered to pay £150 in court costs.