Highlands & Islands

Councillor John Holden faces benefits charges

A Highland councillor has been accused of illegally claiming almost £45,000 in benefits.

John Holden, 62, of Inverness, faces a series of charges which allege he obtained the cash to which he was not entitled over a period of nine years.

The case called for the first time at Inverness Sheriff Court.

Mr Holden did not appear, but a letter from his solicitors requested the matter be continued without plea for three weeks.

It was alleged that he failed to notify the relevant authorities - including Highland Council - about his living arrangements, employment and capital.

Allegations include that he obtained in excess of £34,337 of income support, £6,925 council tax benefit and £2,309 single person occupancy discount.

The case will call again at court on 23 September.

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