Cash swindled by Broughty Ferry advantages cheat would take 21 years to repay

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A Dundee advantages cheat saved his spouse secret with a purpose to con varied businesses out of almost £20,000.

Barry Lowe, 44, did not declare they have been residing as husband and spouse as he continued to assert a variety of totally different advantages.

Lowe admitted failing to declare a change of circumstances by not telling any of the businesses his spouse was contributing to the family revenue.

Dundee Sheriff Courtroom heard Lowe was residing as a part of a married couple for greater than a yr with out telling the businesses.

Lowe, of Stracathro Terrace, Broughty Ferry, admitted that between August 1 2016 and November 26 2017 he conned the Division for Work and Pensions (DWP) out of £11,574.

He admitted failing to provide the DWP immediate notification of a change of circumstances in that he had a spouse who was contributing to the family whereas he claimed Employment Help Allowance.

Lowe additionally admitted that between August 10 2016 and November 26 2017 he did not notify Dundee Metropolis Council of the identical change of circumstances.

He obtained £5,579 in housing profit and £856 in council tax he was not entitled to.

21 years to pay again full quantity, courtroom hears

Solicitor Doug McConnell, defending, mentioned Lowe was paying the biggest sum again at £50 monthly and contributing an extra £20 to the opposite quantities.

The courtroom was instructed it will take him greater than 21 years to pay again the total quantity he had illegally obtained.

Mr McConnell mentioned: “Given the quantities, a custodial sentence will probably be within the courtroom’s thoughts.

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“He has issue together with his well being however would do unpaid work as a substitute for custody.

“I doubt he’ll get into any trouble once more. He has tried to get this handled as quickly as potential.”

Sheriff Jillian Martin-Brown instructed Lowe: “The sums are such custodial sentence could be an possibility however it’s your first offence. I’ll comply with the advice to impose a substitute for custody.”

She positioned Lowe on a restriction of liberty order for 4 and a half months, ordering him to remain indoors between 7pm and 7am every day.

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