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Court defers sentence on benefit cheat to allow cheque to clear

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A BENEFIT cheat who falsely claimed almost £25,000 could be sent to jail, despite finally making attempts to repay the money.

Pensioner Charles Wright, of Larch Cottage, Monument Park, Strontian, admitted at Fort William Sheriff Court to giving false information to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) in March 2008.

The 73-year-old claimed he had only £4,000 of savings and owned no other properties. This allowed him to fraudulently claim benefits of £24,340.52 between March 2008 and June 2012. It later transpired the businessman owned multiple properties in Fort William.

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