A man was convicted of three counts of benefit fraud and ordered to repay the £10,771 by Luton Magistrates Court.
Sajid Mahmood, 39, of 1 Chatsworth Road in Luton, was claiming income support and council tax benefit but failed to tell the authorities he owned a second property and rented it to his father-on-law.
He pleaded guilty to three charges of furnishing false and misleading documents to obtain benefit.
The Court sentenced Mahmood to a 12 month Community Order, 120 hours unpaid community work and £220 towards prosecution costs as well has having to repay the money.
Councillor Robin Harris said: “The benefit system is designed to help people who would otherwise be living in significant poverty. The system does not exist to line the pockets of those in a relatively privileged situation.”
If you have financial problems and you are falling behind with your council tax or rent, get help now by calling the Council on 0300 790 0345, see www.luton.gov.uk/helpwithdebt or visit the Town Hall.
If you think someone you know is a fraudster and has given the Council false information to claim benefits, please call the fraud hotline in complete confidence giving as many details as possible on 0500 500 777 or email firstname.lastname@example.org