A BENEFIT cheat has been ordered to carry out unpaid work after hiding nearly £20,000 in cash from the council.

Sukru Manga, of Buttermere Crescent in Orford, failed to disclose three bank accounts and £18,363 in capital to Warrington Borough Council while claiming council tax over a five-year period between 2013 and 2018.

The 46-year-old admitted three counts of fraud at Warrington Magistrates Court on Wednesday, March 11.

He was told to complete 200 hours of unpaid work and ordered to pay £375 court costs plus an £85 victim surcharge.