Benefits cheat to lose cash

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PROSECUTORS have given a warm welcome to a court order that seizes more than £12,500 from a city benefits cheat.

A confiscation order for £12,592.58 was made against Norman Ollason, 52, at Edinburgh Sheriff Court yesterday.

Ollason was convicted last month of making false statements and representations with a view to obtaining benefit or other payment between April 20, 2006 and March 22, 2012. He was sentenced to 200 hours’ community service.

Lindsey Miller, head of the Crown Office’s Serious and Organised Crime Division, said: “Norman Ollason stole £15,000 from the public purse, by fraudulently claiming for benefits to which he was not entitled.

“While he has paid back some of that total to the Department for Work and Pensions, an order has now been made for the remainder of his ­criminal benefit.

“This should be seen as a stern warning to those who think that targeting public funds is a way to make easy money.”