Legal aid applicant fined after pleading guilty to fraud

David Delargy pled guilty to legal aid fraud and was fined £330 in Edinburgh Sheriff Court last week.

The applicant was prosecuted for failing in his obligations to disclose information about his financial circumstances in a civil legal aid application.

He did not tell us that he owned a property other than the one he lived in and repeated this failure by not declaring ownership of another property when he completed a second financial form.

He also found employment on two occasions and did not report these changes to us. When he did contact us to tell us about a change of address he did not disclose that he was now living with a partner.

The total cost of civil legal aid in this case was £3,872.64 and we have recovered £900 to date. The full amount of legal aid will be repaid in instalments.

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