Benefit fraud weekly review

Date published: 21 February 2017

This is the weekly fraud review for the week ending 17 February 2017.

Suspended Sentence for Larne man

At Antrim Crown Court a 47 year old Larne man was sentenced to nine months imprisonment suspended for two years.  This followed a conviction for working while in receipt of benefits.  The overpayment in this case totalled £49,793.22 which must be repaid to the Department.

At Belfast Crown Court a 56 year old Belfast woman was sentenced to six months imprisonment suspended for 12 months to run concurrently on each charge.  This followed a conviction for working while in receipt of benefits.  The overpayment in this case totalled £29,500.12 which must be repaid to the Department.

At Antrim Crown Court a 56 year old Limavady man was sentenced to one month imprisonment on charges one and two and three months imprisonment on charges three and four.  All were suspended for two years and to run concurrently.  This followed a conviction for having undeclared capital and working while in receipt of benefits.  The overpayment in this case totalled £18,152.64 which must be repaid to the Department.

At Armagh Magistrates Court a 27 year old Keady woman was sentenced to 12 months probation on each of three offences to run concurrently.  This followed a conviction for working while in receipt of benefits.  The overpayment in this case totalled £3,636.11 which must be repaid to the Department.

At Londonderry Magistrates Court a 23 year old Londonderry man was given a two year Conditional Discharge on each of two charges to run concurrently and ordered to pay £43 costs within 12 weeks.  This followed a conviction for working while in receipt of benefits.  The overpayment in this case totalled £1,483.62 which must be repaid to the Department.

At Belfast Magistrates Court a 64 year old Belfast man was given a Conditional Discharge for 12 months.  This followed a conviction for working while in receipt of benefits.  The overpayment in this case totalled £999.21 which must be repaid to the Department.

At Newtownards Magistrates Court a 39 year old Newtownards woman was ordered to complete 60 hours Community Service.  This followed a conviction for working while in receipt of benefits.  The overpayment in this case totalled £5,968.49 which must be repaid to the Department.

At Londonderry Magistrates Court a 32 year old Londonderry man was ordered to pay a £200 fine on each of two charges and a £15 offender levy within 12 weeks.  This followed a conviction for working while in receipt of benefits.  The overpayment in this case totalled £3,478.64 which must be repaid to the Department.

This brings the total number of convictions since 1 April 2016 to 254.

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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