AN armed forces veteran has admitted a £10,000 benefit fraud.

Michael Allan, from Runcorn, failed to declare that he was in receipt of an armed forces pension and the bank account it was paid into in order to claim council tax benefit and council tax reduction.

A Halton Borough Council investigation found that he was overpaid a total of £10,700, described as a ‘substantial loss to public funds’.

The 58-year-old, of Launceston Close, admitted two counts of fraud at Warrington Magistrates Court earlier this month.

Allan was fined £730 and ordered to pay court costs of £1,500, while he will also be required to repay his ill-gotten gains.

A HBC spokesman said: “Halton Borough Council continues to place great importance upon detecting fraud of any type to ensure that public funds are protected.

“People who commit fraud are diverting much needed funds away from vital public services.

“This impacts on the people who depend on those services the most, such as the elderly, the vulnerable, the sick and the disadvantaged.

“If you think someone you know is claiming benefit that they are not entitled to, or committing any type of fraud against Halton Borough Council, you can report your suspicions by ringing 0151 511 7799 or via the council website.

“You can also email your suspicions to fraud@halton.gov.uk.”