An ex- Tory councillor who claimed he could not even wash his own hair was secretly filmed hauling away tables at a summer fair.
Albert Pounder, 74, illegally claimed £10,422 in Disability Living Allowance from 2014 to 2016 and £467 housing benefit in 2016.
Preston Crown Court heard he failed to notify the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) that his mobility has improved.
Pounder narrowly avoided jail after being convicted of two benefit frauds following a DWP investigation. He was given a 26-week suspended jail sentence and a 12-week electronic curfew, between the hours of 9pm-7am.
A DWP spokesperson said, “Only a small minority of benefit claimants are dishonest.
“But cases like these show how we are catching the minority who cheat the system and divert taxpayers’ money from those who need it.
“We are determined to catch those we suspect of fraudulently claiming benefits by following up on tip-offs, undertaking surveillance and working with local councils.”