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.