Engineer fraudster to repay MoD cash
A Fa s l a n e e n g i n e e r wh o fraudulently claimed almost £20,000 in expenses has been warned to save money to pay the MoD back — or face jail.
The Lennox Herald previously reported how Matthew Cassidy submitted multiple claims for courses during his ti me as an engineering apprentice at HMNB Clyde, t ot al l i ng £19,000.
T h e 2 5 - y e a r- o l d , f r o m Cardowan, Carntyne i n Glasgow, t ook part i n f i ve different courses during his employment and cl ai med back the cash.
But he t hen went on t o submit duplicate claims over 1 8 months t o c l a i m e x t r a expenses he wasn’t entitled to.
Cassidy, who is now working as a chef, was back i n t he dock at Dumbarton Sheriff Court last week where he was ordered to start saving up cash.
The court heard t hat his employers owe him £ 8000, which will be taken off what he has to pay back.
Sheriff Maxwell Hendry told him: “I’m not fixing a figure for when come back to the court, but the more you have saved the better your prospect of not going to prison.
“I want to see proof that the money is available which will also improve your situation”.
Sentence was deferred until February 9.