A PAIR of fraudsters have been fined and sentenced to community service for their roles in a £70,000 scam of Barnsley Council.

John Gregory and Dale Priestley pleaded guilty to making fraudulent claims from the council between 2007 and 2010.

Katherine Robinson, prosecuting, said the duo, who were also given 12-month community orders, were among a group of about 20 men to receive cheques from Brett Sanderson, an employee in the council's insurance department.

Sheffield Crown Court heard the men would cash the cheques, which ranged in value from £1,200 to £1,600, and hand almost all of the money back to Sanderson - apart from a small fee of between £50 and £200.

Heroin-user Sanderson, described as a 'devious' fraudster by Judge Robert Moore, was jailed for 15 months last year for his offences.

Gregory, 32, of Thurnscoe, was fined £620 and given 30 hours of unpaid work, while Priestley, 33, of Goldthorpe, was ordered to pay £800 and undertake 60 hours of unpaid work.