Warn­ing of jail time

£20k train­ing cour­ses fraud

Lennox Herald - - NEWS - Court re­porter

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 . . .

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