Community service for fraudsters

A PAIR of benefits cheats got almost 270 hours of community service for their dodgy claims.

Calum Wright, from Penicuik, admitted claiming housing benefit, council tax benefit and income support while failing to declare his live-in partner's earnings. He was ordered to do 110 hours of community service at Edinburgh Sheriff Court.

Meanwhile James Kemp, from Dalkeith, got 160 hours at the same court for claiming the same benefits fraudulently as well as

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Jobseekers' allowance and incapacity benefit. He claimed to be out of work but wasn't.

Both men were convicted following joint investigations by Midlothian Council and the Department of Work and Pensions.

The council is seeking to get the men to repay the money. A spokesman said: "

Benefit cheats steal public money from people who really need that help. If you know anyone who is committing fraud, please report it."

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