Councillor Tony Dignum, Cabinet Member for Finance at Chichester District Council, said: "This case highlights the fact that theft from the public purse - money belonging to the community - will not be tolerated.
"The benefits system is there to help those most in need, not those who want to abuse it by claiming money they are not entitled to.
"I cannot stress enough how important it is for people to let us know if there is any change in their circumstances so our officers can check to see if it may affect their benefit entitlement.
"Benefit fraud is a very serious crime and we will continue to prosecute those people guilty of it."
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