A CLYDEBANK man has appeared at court accused of defrauding NHS Ayrshire and Arran of nearly £10,000.

Kenneth McGhee, 61, denied one charge in relation to this when he appeared at Kilmarnock Sheriff Court last week.

Mr McGhee, of Dean Court in Clydebank, pleaded not guilty to the alleged fraud, which it is claimed took place between July 30, 2018 and April 27, 2020.

The 61-year-old is accused of, at the Lister Centre at Crosshouse Hospital and elsewhere, repeatedly pretending to his employer - NHS Ayrshire and Arran - that he worked numerous hours of shifts that attracted financial enhancement.

It is alleged that he had not in fact worked during the hours he had stated, inducing his employer to pay him the sum of £9,575.97 for hours he had not worked and he was thereby not entitled to, therefore obtaining payment by fraud.

Following his brief appearance at Kilmarnock Sheriff Court last week, Mr McGhee's case was deferred to a later date.