Samuel Kill, 33, spun the web of lies to make enough money to move out of his parent’s house. He also told the Department for Work and Pensions on Christmas Day 2018 he was suffering from terminal liver cancer and only had five months left to live. He said it meant he no longer needed to go to the job centre.
The Department for Work and Pensions paid out more than £2,000.
Swindon Magistrates Court heard how Kill, of West Tockenham, near Swindon, came up with the scam so he could move out of his parents’ house.
Jeremy Griffiths, mitigating, said his client had been a carer but gave up his job to look after his father.
After his father died in 2017, Kill was left living with his step-mother.
The two did not get on well but, because Kill was not working, he had no money to help him find somewhere new to live.
That was when the idea of making false benefits claims came into his head, Mr Griffiths said. His plan was to build up a fund to get out of the family home.
Kill made nine claims for advance Universal Credit payments on the basis that he had children living with him.
In police interviews Kill admitted to setting up email addresses to carry out the con.
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Mr Griffiths said Kill was now working and lived with a new partner.
The court heard the money has already been recovered by the Department for Work and Pensions.
Kill admitted eleven counts of benefit fraud at an earlier hearing.
Chairman of the bench Alison Auvray said: “It is all of us that you are defrauding.
”This isn’t money that just comes from nowhere, it’s everybody including yourself – working people – who have to pay for this.”
Kill was ordered to complete 90 hours of unpaid work and 15 rehabilitation activity requirement days.
He was also made to pay £135 in costs and surcharge.