Man given unpaid work after £10,000 benefits scam
A north-east man has been ordered to carry out unpaid work after scamming almost £10,000 from the public purse.
In two years, David Bruce, 52, claimed thousands of pounds in unemployment and housing benefits to which he was not entitled.
He appeared at Aberdeen Sheriff Court yesterday for sentencing after previously admitting the offence.
Solicitor Charles Benzies said his client’s life had been on a “downward spiral” which resulted in him racking up debts.
Between December 2016 and January 2018, Bruce fraudulently claimed more than £4,100 in Jobseeker’s Allowance from the Department for Work and Pensions, and almost £5,800 in housing benefits from Aberdeenshire Council.
He is out of work, and has begun paying back the sums via “modest” contributions from his benefits.
Sheriff Ian Duguid said: “These are obviously very serious matters because you have obtained benefits to the extent of £9,800 to which you weren’t entitled .
“You accept your financial circumstances have changed and you are subject to a modest deduction to repay that.
“My options are sending you to jail or giving you a community payback order.”
Bruce, of Kingsfield Road, Kintore, was ordered to do 60 hours of unpaid work in the next year.
He will also be under the supervision of social workers for that time.