A North Yorkshire-based solicitor and deputy district judge has been convicted of multiple fraud offences.
Keith Shaw, 37, of Sleights, Whitby, was convicted of a number of fraud offences between 2012 and 2015.
Shaw, who pleaded guilty to the charges, was given a 20-week prison sentence suspended for two years.
He was ordered to pay more than £2,700 in compensation and more than £7,200 in costs. He was also ordered to do 200 hours of unpaid work at the sentencing at Westminster Magistrates' Court yesterday.
Shaw was first brought to the attention of North Yorkshire Police when Scarborough Borough Council reported concerns in November 2015.
It was found that he had tried to influence the planning process, when applying for planning permission to develop land, by sending letters of support from other peoples' addresses without their permission. He had also falsely claimed a refund of more than £2,700 for surveyor's fees.