A taxi driver has defrauded Stirling Council of almost £1000 by making false claims under a rural taxi scheme.
Robert Comrie, of Main Street, Fintry, pleaded guilty by letter to a charge of carrying out the fraud between July 27 and November 29, 2016.
The charge stated that the 63-year-old had induced council officers to pay out on an invoice, for £943.54, submitted by him for a block booking which had made by his then employee Lisa Jane Harrison.
Taxi firm owner Comrie had accepted a booking which had been made in the name of a Janet Harrison.
Stirling Sheriff Court was told last Friday by fiscal depute Michael Maguire that the Demand Response transport scheme was run by Stirling Council in rural areas.
Members of the public can access a private taxi on routes where no bus service operates, he explained.
The passenger pays the price of a regular bus fare and the council subsidise the service by taking on the rest of the fare owed to the taxi.
Passengers can contact taxi operators directly outside office hours.
Mr Maguire told Sheriff Wyllie Robertson:“It wasn’t a genuine booking. [Comrie] didn’t undertake any journeys, but he fabricated journeys so he could obtain subsidy from the council to the extent in the charge.”
The fiscal depute also pointed out that it appeared that some of the money had been repaid to Stirling Council.
Comrie, the court also heard. is now living in the island of Gozo in the Maltese archipelago in the Mediterrannean.
Sheriff Robertson deferred sentence until November 21 for a social work report and for his personal appearance.