Man claimed housing benefit despite owning homes

Edinburgh Sheriff Court
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A MAN claimed thousands of pounds in housing benefits over nine years even though he owned two properties in the Capital worth £100,000.

David Lamb, 46, claimed more than £88,000 in income support, housing benefit and council tax benefit between 2003 and 2011.

He was living in Loganlea Gardens when a Department of Work and Pensions probe found that he owned properties in Glendevon Park and Forrester Park Loan.

Lamb, now of Longstone Gardens, pleaded guilty last month to obtaining the benefits and sentence was deferred.

Edinburgh Sheriff Court heard, however, that Lamb had not made any financial gain from his actions and that more than £87,000 had been repaid. Defence solicitor Steven Knowles said that the remaining sum owed to the city council would be paid immediately.

Sheriff Frank Crowe imposed a Restriction of Liberty Order, confining Lamb to his home between 8pm and 6am for nine months.