Un­paid work for ben­e­fit cheat

The Oban Times - - News -

A COR­PACH woman has been or­dered to carry out 200 hours of un­paid work in the com­mu­nity for falsely claim­ing more than £15,000 in ben­e­fits.

Me­gan Dun­lop, of Lady Mar­garet Drive, was re­ceiv­ing hous­ing ben­e­fit, coun­cil tax ben­e­fit and in­come sup­port as a sole ten­ant in the Fort Wil­liam vil­lage while her part­ner, who worked full time, was liv­ing at the same ad­dress, Fort Wil­liam sher­iff court heard on Tues­day Septem­ber 15. At a hear­ing ear­lier this month, the 22-year- old ad­mit­ted fail­ing to dis­close rel­e­vant in­for­ma­tion to High­land coun­cil and the Depart­ment for Work and Pen­sions be­tween April 2012 and March 2014. Dur­ing the two-year pe­riod, Dun­lop pock­eted £ 8,088.18 in hous­ing ben­e­fit and coun­cil tax ben­e­fit, as well as £7,115.79 in in­come sup­port.

De­fend­ing so­lic­i­tor

Hamish Mel­rose said his client thought she was en­ti­tled to the money be­cause her part­ner worked away from home dur­ing the week.

At sen­tenc­ing, which had been de­ferred un­til Tues­day for back­ground re­ports, sher­iff Richard David­son said: ‘You can’t have not known that you had a part­ner who was work­ing. This can’t have been any­thing other than de­lib­er­ate so let’s not have any more non­sense about that.’

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