Wales

Anglesey councillor falsely claimed incapacity benefits

Hefin Wyn Thomas
Image caption Hefin Wyn Thomas has repaid £7,726 he falsely claimed in incapacity benefit

An Anglesey councillor has been fined £750 and told to pay £115 costs after admitting falsely claiming incapacity benefit at Holyhead magistrates court.

The charge was downgraded after it was accepted Hefin Wyn Thomas had made the false claims by mistake rather than through dishonesty.

Thomas, a farmer of Pentraeth, failed to declare his full allowance as a councillor on two claims.

He has repaid £7,726 falsely claimed for his back problems.

A spokesperson for Anglesey council said: "We are aware of the court case and its outcome. We will now be giving the matter further consideration."