A BENEFITS worker took more than £13,000 of public money to help clear his debts.
Adam Wilson’s scam happaned while he worked at a Department of Works and Pensions office in Sunderland, Durham Crown Court heard.
“Wilson temporarily changed the bank account details of genuine claimants to his own,” said Susan Hirst, prosecuting.
“The genuine claimants were not entitled to any extra payments and because the details were changed back again, they did not miss out on any money they were expecting.”
Wilson paid some of the money into an accomplice’s account, who paid it back in exchange for keeping some of it.
The 30-year-old, of Warkworth Road, Newton Hall, Durham City, admitted fraud by abuse of position.
Lee Fish, mitigating, said: “Mr Wilson was struggling to repay his debts and he could see no way out.”
Wilson was given 12 months in prison, suspended for two years, and 200 hours of community work.