Warning of jail time
£20k training courses fraud
A Faslane engineer who claimed almost £20,000 in training expenses for courses he didn’t attend has been warned he could face jail.
Matthew Cassidy submitted multiple claims for courses during his time as an engineering apprentice at HMNB Clyde, totalling £19,000.
The 25-year-old took part in five different courses during his employment and claimed back the cash.
But he then went on to submit duplicate claims over 18 months to claim extra expenses he wasn’t entitled to.
Cassidy was in the dock at Dumbarton Sheriff Court last week where Sheriff Maxwell Hendry warned him he had not ruled out sending him to prison.
He admitted submitting expenses in respect of training expenses for which he had already been reimbursed and obtaining £19,000 by fraud between August 12, 2014 and February 19, 2016.
Depute fiscal Kevin Docherty said: “He became familiar with the procedures he had to follow and he submitted claims for five different training courses he had attended.
“He then saw fit to gain further cash by submitting multiple claims for those courses.
“This matter came to light during an audit. Enquiries were carried out and that resulted in the matter being reported.
“An investigation was carried out and he was later detained by the Ministry of Defence in connection with that matter.”
Defending Cassidy, his lawyer said he planned to pay back the cash he unlawfully claimed.
He said: “There was a compete acceptance by him that this all had to be paid back.
“That remains to be the case today.
“There was an amount that was owed to him by his employers which was £8000.
“That has been paid to others but not to him.
“This money is going straight back to his employers.
“He will be paying the remaining amount back on a monthly basis until the remaining sum has been paid off.”
Sheriff Maxwell Hendry added: “I want you to understand that in no respect can prison be ruled out in this matter.
“There was a point in time when someone who defrauded his employer faced a maximum sentence of five years.”
The case against of Cassidy from Cardowan, Carntyne in Glasgow, was deferred until October 27.
In no respect can prison be ruled out . . .