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 Sign-now.com, has pleaded guilty to defrauding the DWP of £80,000 in Access to Work overpayments.

Extract:

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.

Read the full story here: http://www.stirlingnews.co.uk/news/14391751.Deaf_fraudster_scammed___80_000_of_taxpayers__money/

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