Benefit scam charges against former Fife football chairman dropped

Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court
Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court

A former chairman of East Fife FC will not stand trial after the charges against him have been dropped.

William Gray was facing charges alleging he claimed more than £35,000 in incapacity benefit that he wasn’t entitled to between 2004 and 2012.

Prosecutors had claimed he failed to give notification to the Department of Work and Pensions of a change in circumstances that he knew would affect his entitlement to incapacity benefit.

The charge against Gray (61), of Dean Gardens, Kirkcaldy, stated that he was working as a self employed scrap metal dealer and that he thereby obtained incapacity benefit amounting to £35,405.13 to which he was not entitled.

However the Crown has dropped the charges after “careful consideration of the admissible evidence”.

A Crown Office spokesman said: “It is the duty of the Crown to keep cases under review and after full and careful consideration of the facts and circumstances of the case, including the available admissible evidence, the Procurator Fiscal decided that there should be no further proceedings taken at this time.

“The Crown reserves the right to proceed in the future should further evidence become available.”

Gray was chairman of East Fife from 2006 until 2009 and was at the helm when the club won promotion in 2008.

He was formerly a director of Raith Rovers from 1994 to 2005.