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Fraud sentence for crime clan man

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Lyons admitted to fraudulently giving lenders fake income details

A member of a notorious Glasgow crime family has been given 300 hours community service after admitting to racking up £259,000 in mortgage frauds.

Edward Lyons, 52, bought property in East Kilbride and Cumbernauld by self-certifying on mortgage applications.

He claimed he was self-employed and earning up to £48,000 a year when he was actually working at a community initiative earning just £20,000.

Glasgow Sheriff Court heard he was caught when he applied for a car loan.

At an earlier hearing, Lyons, from Cumbernauld, North Lanarkshire, admitted defrauding £119,000 from Preferred Mortgages between May 2003 and August 2005 to buy a house in East Kilbride.

As far as I'm concerned, you are a first offender and a man of mature years who has never caused any trouble to society
Sheriff Robert Anthony

He also pleaded guilty to defrauding £140,000 from HBOS between June 2004 and January 2005 to buy his current home in Cumbernauld.

Lyons also admitted an offence under the proceeds of crime act for giving his daughter £30,000 to buy a tanning salon in Dundee, using profits from the sale of the East Kilbride house.

Sheriff Robert Anthony told Lyons that he had avoided jail because he had no previous convictions and had kept up payments on the mortgages.

Sheriff Anthony added: "As far as I'm concerned, you are a first offender and a man of mature years who has never caused any trouble to society."

Lyons, who is alleged to be in a long-running feud with another notorious crime family, was cleared of attempted murder in 2001.

The community centre where he worked was closed down in 2006 after his nephew Michael was shot dead and his son was seriously injured.

Police also seized £63,000 from his home in 2004 for alleged drug dealing.

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