BENEFITS cheat Kevin Blows was given a suspended prison sentence after swindling almost £24,000 from the public purse.
Blows, who previously lived in Phoenix Close, Chichester, claimed housing benefit, council tax benefit and pension credit for himself and his wife.
But Blows had not declared that his wife owned a property in Farnborough worth over £100,000.
Blows was caught following a joint investigation between Chichester District Council and The Department for Work and Pensions.
More than £14,000 was claimed for pension credit.
Blows appeared at Worthing Magistrates’ Court and pleaded guilty to three charges for dishonestly failing to disclose information he had a legal duty to reveal.
He was sentenced to 18 weeks’ in prison, suspended for two years, and ordered to do 200 hours of work in the community.
He must pay £85 costs.
Both authorities will now seek to recover all overpaid benefit.