Wednesday, February 15, 2012

John Holden: Benefit fraud

John Holden (Labour)

John Holden, 62, who represented Inverness South in the Highlands, was sentenced at the city's sheriff court today to a year in prison for defrauding £43,000-worth of benefits.

He was found guilty July 2011  after a 12-day trial.

Holden was convicted of committing the fraud over nine years, between January 1999 and August 2008.

On sentencing, Sheriff Abercrombie told him: "By deliberately making false claims for benefit and by deliberately failing to notify your true financial circumstances, you together with all other cheats who try to beat the system for personal gain have undermined that social contract. You have shown cold contempt for it."

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