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OAP admits hiding savings to claim £9,500 in benefits

A pensioner has admitted claiming almost £10,000 in benefits by hiding his savings from welfare bosses.

James Kelly, 68, defrauded the taxpayer out of £9,500 in housing benefit and council tax benefit over three years.

He told officials that he only had one bank account, but in fact he had savings with two banks.

Kelly, from Dundee, pleaded guilty to a charge under the Social Security Administration Act on summary complaint.

Sheriff George Way deferred sentence until next month for social work background reports.

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