Mirza Altaf Ali Baig from Birmingham tried to gain access to eight Retail Hospitality and Leisure grants during the 2020 Covid lockdown.

Companies in that sector were entitled to one-off cash grants of up to £25,000 from their council.

Baig had subdivided commercial premises in Streatham High Road into eight separate units, which he then let to small businesses.

He used the names and identities of friend and associates asserting that they were based at these eight units to try and obtain the cash

He’s been ordered to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work.