Benefit fraud weekly review

Date published: 18 September 2017

This is the weekly fraud review for the week ending 15 September 2017.

Prison sentence for Belfast man

At Downpatrick Crown Court a 55 year old Belfast man was sentenced to nine months imprisonment to run concurrently on each of three charges.  This followed a conviction for working while in receipt of benefits.  The overpayment in this case totalled £27,187.45 which must be repaid to the Department.

At Antrim Crown Court a 43 year old Ballymoney man was sentenced to three months imprisonment suspended for one year on each of two charges to run concurrently.  This followed a conviction for having undeclared capital while in receipt of benefits he was not entitled to.  The overpayment in this case totalled £16,168.65 which must be repaid to the Department.

At Newry Magistrates Court a 35 year old Newry woman was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment suspended for two years on each of seven charges to run concurrently.  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 £28,018.74 which must be repaid to the Department.

At Belfast Magistrates Court a 29 year old Belfast man was sentenced to five months imprisonment suspended for three years on each of two charges to run concurrently.  This followed a conviction for having an undeclared income while in receipt of benefits he was not entitled to.  The overpayment in this case totalled £19,299.25 which must be repaid to the Department.

At Belfast Magistrates Court a 31 year old Belfast man was sentenced to four months imprisonment suspended for two years to run concurrently on three charges.  This followed a conviction for working while in receipt of benefits.  The overpayment in this case totalled £547.49 which must be repaid to the Department.

At Newtownards Magistrates Court a 56 year old Killinchy woman was sentenced to three months imprisonment suspended for two years.  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 £6,153.07 which must be repaid to the Department.

At Dungannon Magistrates Court a 34 year old Coagh man was sentenced to three months imprisonment suspended for two years on each of three charges to run concurrently.  This followed a conviction for working while in receipt of benefits.  The overpayment in this case totalled £4,799.23 which must be repaid to the Department.

At Newtownards Magistrates Court a 64 year old Bangor woman was given a 12 month Conditional Discharge.  This followed a conviction for working while in receipt of benefits.  The overpayment in this case totalled £2,494.12 which must be repaid to the Department.

Also at Newtownards Magistrates Court a 29 year old Bangor woman was ordered to complete 175 hours Community Service.  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 £23,197.09 which must be repaid to the Department.

At Armagh Magistrates Court a 50 year old Armagh man was ordered to pay a £400 fine and an offender levy of £15.  This followed a conviction for working while in receipt of benefits.  The overpayment in this case totalled £987.32 which must be repaid to the Department.

This brings the total number of convictions since 1 April 2017 to 159.

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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