Deaf News: Deaf man pleads guilty to £80,000 Access to Work fraud

Posted on March 31, 2016

It’s been reported by Stirling News that Andrew Thomson, who ran, has pleaded guilty to defrauding the DWP of £80,000 in Access to Work overpayments.


A deaf fraudster manipulated a Government scheme to help the disabled into employment in order to channel tens of thousands of pounds of taxpayers’ money, through a company run by his wife, into his own pocket.

Andrew Thomson defrauded the so-called Access to Work Scheme for 11 months before an anonymous tip-off alerted the Department of Work and Pensions.

Thomson, 51, born profoundly deaf, the self-employed director of a communications company for the deaf, applied for a grant via the Access to Work Scheme, saying he needed British Sign Language interpreters to provide signing and translation services for himself and other employees of the firm.

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