Benefits fraud accused has trial date set

Selkirk Sheriff Court
Selkirk Sheriff Court
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A man will stand trial accused of a £30,000 benefits fraud over a five-year period.

Darren Hayes, 35, of High Street, is alleged to have used the name Steven Lough to get £28,296.03 in benefits he was not entitled to between June 2007 and November 2012.

He is also charged with gaining income support to the value of £1,781.62 but failing to report he was employed by Applegarth Health Care and Blackswell Vale Care Home.

Hayes pleaded not guilty to both charges at Selkirk Sheriff Court and a trial was set for April 10 with an intermediate hearing on March 14.