A successful prosecution has been made by Corby Borough Council under the Fraud Act 2006.
Mr Matthew Bates, had failed to disclose to Corby Borough Council in his application for council housing, that he jointly owned another property with a former partner.
Mr Bates false representations on his application meant he was granted a tenancy and given a property to which he had not been entitled.
A guilty plea was made by Mr Bates for making false representations to Corby Borough Council on four occasions in order to obtain housing.
Mr Bates was ordered to pay a fine of £677, a Victim Surcharge of £67 and costs of £1,020.
Corby Borough Council’s Lead Member for Housing, Cllr Bob Eyles, said:
“Failing to declare ownership of a property when applying for a council house is fraud and Corby Borough Council will prosecute those who they find to be fraudulent. We are committed to housing those residents who are in real need and will continue to do everything we can to ensure applicants are genuinely eligible to be a council tenant.”