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Westhill man, 68, jailed for £73,000 benefits fraud

An Aberdeenshire 68-year-old who received £73,000 of benefits he was not entitled to has been jailed.

George Young, of Westhill, received pension credits, housing and council tax benefits.

However, he had been earning money by painting and decorating over the six-year period in question and failed to inform the authorities.

He admitted the offence at Aberdeen Sheriff Court and was jailed for 61 weeks.

Young got more than £52,000 in pension credit from the Department of Work and Pensions he was not entitled to.

He also fraudulently obtained more than £16,000 in housing tax benefits and more than £4,500 in council tax benefits from Aberdeenshire Council.

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