On Saturday the 15th of April 1922 a charge of defrauding the Labour Exchange was preferred against James Todd, a rivet-maker, residing Greenfield Rows, Hamilton.
The Fiscal explained that the offence here was that the accused had concealed from the authorities at the Labour Exchange the fact that for two days had been working in the rivet works.
Accused James Todd told the Judge “I was under the belief that could work and make 20s a week without interfering with my right to the dole.”
Sheriff Stodart told Todd, I see no reason of a sentence £3, or twenty days’ imprisonment.
It is unknown to me what option James Todd had taken.
I wonder if this kind of punishment would deter able-working people from signing on in modern day Hamilton!