Invergordon support worker defrauded college for people with additional needs by failing to complete work

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A support worker defrauded a specialist college for young adults with special needs out of over £1,600 by failing to carry out work he had charged for.

Daniel Balfour of Ord Terrace, Invergordon had started his own business and worked at Cantraybridge College in Croy between November 8, 2019 and November 23, 2019.

But Inverness Sheriff’s Court was told Balfour failed to complete his 10 hours a week of duties required to help a service user with tasks such as shopping and cleaning.

However, Balfour still submitted invoices for the time required until an audit was carried out on the service user’s property and no cleanup was performed.

Balfour admitted a charge of fraudulently obtaining a total of £1,672.75 from the organisation.

When charged, Balfour told police he had been declared ill.

Defense lawyer Patrick O’Dea said his client’s career in the case industry was over and he was in “emotional and financial pain”.

He added, “It was a new business for him. He knows he let the service user down and he would like to return that money.

“But he’ll be struggling right now. He’s looking for a new job.”

Sheriff Neil Kinnear said he was considering a fine and compensation, but added: “I don’t want to blow it up.”

He postponed the 32-year-old’s sentence until November 10 for a substantive report.


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