Man confesses to benefit fraud

A man from Renfrewshire has admitted claiming benefits on his mother’s behalf that she was not entitled to.

Stewart Connelly who was authorised to act on behalf of his mother, Amelia Connelly, failed to disclose all her savings.

He told Renfrewshire Council she had a bank account which contained £6,367 in savings, but she actually had six other accounts and savings totalling more than £43,000, taking her over the £16,000 allowance for people being allowed to claim Housing Benefit.

Amelia Connelly received £12,000 in Housing Benefit she was not entitled to.

The Department of Work and Pensions launched an investigation which led to Stewart, 56, being prosecuted.

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