West Calder benefits cheat facing prison sentence

A disabled benefits cheat is facing a jail sentence. Picture; John Devlin
A disabled benefits cheat is facing a jail sentence. Picture; John Devlin
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A DISABLED benefits cheat is facing a prison sentence after he admitted defrauding taxpayers out of £30,000.

Thomas Cassidy failed to tell the Department for Work and Pensions that he had thousands of pounds in savings which automatically disqualified him from claiming state benefits.

The 58-year-old kept his financial position secret from officials for two years and continued to claim Income Support and Employment & Support Allowance.

Cassidy, who appeared at Livingston Sheriff Court in a wheelchair, yesterday admitted committing the offence at his home in Burngrange Cottages, West Calder, between November 2012 and November 2014. He will be sentenced later.