Benefit fraud weekly review

Date published: 13 August 2018

This is the weekly fraud review for the week ending 10 August 2018.

180 hours community service for Banbridge woman

At Newry Magistrates Court a 27 year old Banbridge woman was given a 180 hours community service. This followed a conviction for failing to declare that she was working while in receipt of benefits she was not entitled to. The overpayment in this case totalled £2,947.85 which must be repaid to the Department.

At Belfast Magistrates Court a 38 year old Belfast man was given 160 hours community service. This followed a conviction for failing to declare that he was working while in receipt of benefits he was not entitled to. The overpayment in this case totalled £3,717.41 which must be repaid to the Department.

At Downpatrick Magistrates Court a 37 year old Downpatrick woman was given a sentence of a conditional discharge for 18 months. This followed a conviction for failing to declare that she was working while in receipt of benefits she was not entitled to. The overpayment in this case totalled £5,009.55 which must be repaid to the Department.

This brings the total number of convictions since 1 April 2018 to 81.

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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