Castle Douglas man fined £350 for benefit fraud

A JOINT investigation led by Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Benefit Fraud Section in conjunction with the Department of Work and Pensions, has resulted in a Castle Douglas man being fined £350 at Stranraer Sheriff Court.

William Patterson aged 70 of Cotton St, Castle Douglas was found guilty of obtaining benefit which he was not entitled to, by failing to disclose that he was receiving an Occupational Pension.

Overpayments of Council Tax Benefit and Pension Credit totalling in excess of £10,000 had occurred over a six-year period to January 2010. These overpayments will be recovered.