En­gi­neer fraud­ster to repay MoD cash

Lennox Herald - - NEWS -

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.

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