Belfast man convicted of £20,000 benefit fraud

Date published: 26 July 2019

A man was convicted at Belfast Magistrates’ Court today for claiming over £20,000 in benefits he was not entitled to.

John Wilson (63) of Ballystrudder Gardens, Islandmagee claimed Income Support, Jobseeker's Allowance and Housing Benefit totalling £20,548 while failing to declare he had excess capital. He was given a six month prison sentence on each of the four charges to run concurrently, suspended for two years. The fraud was uncovered following an investigation by the Department for Communities.

He is also required to repay any outstanding money wrongfully obtained to the Department.

Suspected benefit fraud can be reported to the Department for Communities anonymously.  Find out more at: NI Direct

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