A KENDRAY man has plead guilty to benefit fraud after admitting he was struggling to pay his mortgage.

Geoffrey Greenwood, 71 of Cypress Road, claimed more than £2,338 of council tax benefits after he failed to inform the council that his wife was working.

Mr Greenwood was interviewed under caution by Barnsley Council investigation officers and said he had made a conscious decision to claim council tax benefit and not to declare his wife’s wages. He said he was struggling to pay his mortgage and then realised he was “in too deep”.

He appeared before Barnsley Magistrates Court on March 22 and admitted that he had received council tax benefit he was not entitled to.

He was sentenced to a 12 month Community Order with 100 hours of unpaid work. He was also ordered to pay a £200 contribution to court costs.