Benefit fraud weekly review

Date published: 09 January 2017

This is the weekly fraud review for the week ending 6 January 2016.

Suspended Sentence for Londonderry man

At Londonderry Crown Court a 62 year old Londonderry man was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment on each of four charges to run concurrently, suspended for 18 months.  This followed a conviction for having undeclared capital while in receipt of benefits he was not entitled to.  The overpayment in this case totalled £22,674.62 which must be repaid to the Department.

At Belfast Magistrates Court a 65 year old Belfast woman was given a 12 month Conditional Discharge.  This followed a conviction for living with a partner while in receipt of benefits she was not entitled to.  The overpayment in this case totalled £2,322.65 which must be repaid to the Department.

This brings the total number of convictions since 1 April 2016 to 220

Convictions, Administrative Penalties and Formal Cautions –

Each month Single Investigation Service (SIS) offers Administrative Penalties and Formal Cautions in some circumstances.

SIS statistics refer to cases of benefit fraud such as working and claiming, living together cases and failing to declare savings.

SIS convicted 14 customers of benefit fraud in December 2016 bringing the total for 2016/2017 to 218

SIS issued 40 Administrative Penalties in December 2016 bringing this total to 242 for 2016/2017.

If you wish to report benefit fraud please refer to our Fraud website

If you wish to read about other cases please refer to: News Releases – Department for Communities

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