A benefit cheat who fleeced taxpayers out of more than £7,000 was spared jail today (weds).

Chidi Ukwueze, 38, who arrived in Britain from Nigeria in 2002, lied about his immigration status while making bogus claims for jobseekers’ allowance and income support.

He was given permission to stay in the UK on the condition that he did not claim state funds, Snaresbrook Crown Court heard.

Ukwueze forged five claim forms between December 17, 2009 and November 18, 201

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