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Man accused of claiming DLA for his dead father

A man appeared in court accused of using his dead father to cheat the Social Security Agency out of almost £40,000.

David Goudie (35), of Bramcote Street, Belfast, faces five charges connected to an alleged three-year benefits swindle.

He was returned for trial after a district judge yesterday ruled there was a case to answer.

Goudie is accused of four counts of obtaining property by deception.

One involves an allegation he obtained more than £16,700 in disability living allowance between 2004 and 2007 without disclosing that the intended beneficiary, Stephen Goudie, was deceased.

Similar alleged offences relate to more than £13,600 in incapacity benefit, over £4,300 in carer's allowances, and a claim for more than £4,000 in income support.

A fifth charge centres on a claim he used a false instrument with intent, namely a Social Security Agency form purportedly signed by the dead man.

Goudie spoke to confirm he understood all of the alleged offences as he appeared before Belfast Magistrates Court.

He declined to say anything in response to the charges, call any witnesses or give evidence.

District Judge Fiona Bagnall granted a prosecution application to have him returned to the Crown Court for trial on a date to be set.

Goudie was released on his own bail of £500.

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