Ben­e­fitscheatis told­tostart­sav­ing

Perthshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

A Perthshire man who took part in a £10,000-plus ben­e­fits scam stretch­ing over nearly three years has been told to start sav­ing up to make com­pen­sa­tion.

Thirty-five-year-old Roddy Whan­nel, of Over Fin­gask Farm Cot­tage, Rait, had his sen­tence de­ferred at Perth Sher­iff Court un­til April 18 so he can ap­pear per­son­ally.

He wasn’t in court on Wednesday as he was at­tend­ing a med­i­cal ap­point­ment.

Sher­iff Gil­lian Wade ob­served: “There’s been a mul­ti­tude of ex­cuses for non-at­ten­dance.”

And she added:“I think he has to be aware what the pos­si­ble out­comes are if he doesn’t at­tend, given the amount of money in­volved.”

He ad­mit­ted at a pre­vi­ous hear­ing that be­tween May 1, 2013, and Jan­uary 11, 2016, at Lomond View, Bog­miln Farm, Inch­ture, and at his present home, he failed to no­tify the De­part­ment of Work and Pen­sions of a change in his cir­cum­stances which he knew would af­fect his en­ti­tle­ment to ben­e­fits.

He was liv­ing with - and main­tain­ing a com­mon house­hold - with Lisa Smith or Per­rie, who was in paid em­ploy­ment.

As a re­sult, he ob­tained Em­ploy­ment and Sup­port Al­lowance (In­come Re­lated) to­talling £10,386.94, to which he wasn’t en­ti­tled.

The back­ground to the ben­e­fits de­cep­tion will be given next week.

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