A MALE stripper sponged benefits while still performing at “ladies’ nights”, a court heard.
Andrew Goodyer, 41, who used the stage name Rebellion, blamed his “high maintenance” girlfriend for the £4,000 con.
He was caught out by investigators after advertising himself as available for hire as a butler in the buff, life drawings and hen parties.
It also emerged he had previously been caught swindling more than £18,000 in benefits and received a community order in April 2015.
In Goodyer’s defence Kate Cooper said he also had a controlling and coercive girlfriend. She said: “He spent all his money on her. He had difficulty paying the rent.”
Goodyer admitted fraud and dishonestly failing to disclose information before Telford magistrates, Shropshire. He was given a 16-week suspended jail sentence.
He admitted claiming £2,300 in council tax support between December 2015 and April 2018 and also pocketing £1,600 in discretionary housing payments designed for people in desperate need.
District judge Timothy Boswell said: “This money should have been going to people in need who are eligible for such payments. Everybody knows how tight public finances are.
“One of these claims was fraudulent from the outset.”
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