Kirkintilloch woman pleads guilty to housing fraud

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A local woman pled guilty to housing fraud at Glasgow Sheriff Court this week following an investigation by East Dunbartonshire Council’s Fraud Team into her homelessness claim.

Kayleigh McCord of Abbotsford Drive in Kirkintilloch told Council Officers she was homeless when, in fact, she had a tenancy with Glasgow Housing Association.

She fraudulently gained access to Council housing in East Dunbartonshire but Officers uncovered the deception and recovered the property.

Sentence in the case was deferred until October 5.

Council Leader Rhondda Geekie, convener of the policy and resources committee said: “In these times of such financial constraints, it is more important than ever that we uncover all fraud against the Council.

“Housing Tenancy Fraud is one of the most common types and we must continue to work with our partners to ensure that social housing is going to the people and families who need it. “

The council’s Fraud Action Plan sets out how Officers will continue to investigate such fraudulent claims and also look at other areas like Council Tax reduction and Blue Badge applications. This is to ensure that the right people are in receipt of the right benefits and housing provision, for the right reasons.

Councillor Geekie added, “I would urge anybody with any information regarding any type of fraud being committed against the Council to report it to our fraud team. Reports can be made online at www.eastdunbaton.gov.uk/reportfraud; by email to fraud@eastdunbarton.gov.uk or by telephone on 0300 124 4510.”