Two women from Knowsley have been prosecuted over separate false benefit claims totalling more than £33,000.
The pair were prosecuted at Liverpool Magistrates Court following investigations by Knowsley Council and the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)
Stephanie Griffiths, of Gentwood Road in Huyton, pleaded guilty to falsely claiming Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit in overpayments of £21,200.
The 39 year old had been claiming the benefits on the basis that she was a single parent renting from a private landlord. She failed to declare that the landlord was the father of her youngest child.
Griffiths was sentenced to eight weeks in custody, suspended for 12 months, with a 12 week curfew and has been electronically tagged. She was also ordered to pay £75 costs and a £60 victim surcharge.
Meanwhile, in a separate case, 50 year old Karen Watkinson was sentenced to an eight week curfew with an electronic tag.
Watkinson had not declared that her partner lived with her at her property at The Croft in Kirkby. She was overpaid by £12,000. She was also ordered to pay £75 costs and £60 victim surcharge.
A spokesperson for Knowsley Council said: “These prosecutions clearly show that there is no place for benefit fraud in Knowsley.
“We will not hesitate to take the strongest possible action against people who cheat money out of our communities.
“If any resident has a change in circumstances which may affect their benefit entitlement, they should contact the council immediately.”