Sentence deferred on ‘greedy’ car dealer who falsely claimed benefits

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With a second-hand car dealership worth over £100,000 and six separate bank accounts totalling more than £174,000, Colin Knight fraudulently claimed over £8,800 income support.

The 48-year-old also pur-chased his home in Hillend Drive, for £32,000, while receiving the benefit. Knight admitted receiving £8,835 income support to which he was not entitled between November 15, 2001 and March 27, 2009.

At a previous hearing, prosecutor Mark Keane told how Knight had been running a second-hand car dealership, while claiming income support, and had income and assets of over £100,000. “He had also bought the property where he lives in Hillend Drive for £32,240, while in receipt of benefits and failed to declare that either,” added Mr Keane.

He said Knight had six separate bank accounts with £174,570.41 being transferred through these accounts between April 2007 and March 2009.

“These sums were also never notified to officials at the Department of Work and Pensions,” continued Mr Keane.

Knight gave police a “no comment” interview.

Solicitor Matt Patrick, defending, said his client saw his behaviour as “greedy” and realised he should have declared his assets. “He took a risk of continuing his fraudulent claim, knowing the position,” explained Mr Patrick.

“Given the sum involved it is a very straightforward choice between custody or a community-based disposal,” conceded Mr Patrick.

The solicitor said Knight had transferred the house to his nephew, and was making about £60 a week dog-walking at the time.

Last Friday at Jedburgh Sheriff Court, defence solicitor Ross Dow confirmed Knight had fully repaid the £8,835 income support he obtained.

Sentence was deferred until February 17 for a supplementary social enquiry report.