A Carlisle city councillor returned to court today to be sentenced following a four-hour trial last week.
He denied a charge of benefit fraud but was found guilty by magistrates in Carlisle.
Labour councillor Barrie Osgood, 44, was convicted of fraudulently claiming £3,500 in housing benefit over an 11-month period, on or about June 18, 2014.
Magistrates in Carlisle found him guilty in he had dishonestly failed to declare on the benefits form that he owned and was renting out a house.
Osgood of Lamb Street, Upperby, claimed he made an honest mistake, due to depression and anxiety at the time, but magistrates rejected this, saying it must have been obvious to him that he had a legal obligation to reveal he owned and rented out a home on Buchannan Road, Currock.
District Judge Gerald Chalk sentenced Osgood to, a Community Order of one-year, with 180-hours of unpaid work in the community to complete, he has to pay prosecution costs of £770 with a victims surcharge of £60.
Osgood was elected to represent the city’s Castle ward in May last year, as soon as councillor Osgood was found guilty of the offence, the Labour Party acted quickly and he was suspended and disciplinary procedures have commenced.
Osgood asked to speak in court after the case, he apologised to the Labour Party, his constituent’s, the City Council and Councillors and the courts, the judge was also told he had already paid back the overpayment to Carlisle City Council.