Benefit fraud weekly review

Date published: 13 November 2017

This is the weekly fraud review for the week ending 10 November 2017.

Six months suspended sentence for Newtownabbey woman

At Belfast Crown Court a 43 year old Newtownabbey woman was sentenced to six months imprisonment suspended for two years. This followed a conviction for failing to declare that she had savings above the statutory limit while in receipt of benefits she was not entitled to. The overpayment in this case totalled £22,382.25 which must be repaid to the Department.

At Londonderry Crown Court a 64 year old Londonderry man was sentenced to four months imprisonment on each of four offences to run concurrently suspended for 12 months. This followed a conviction for failing to declare that he had an income while in receipt of benefits he was not entitled to. The overpayment in this case totalled £59,484.09 which must be repaid to the Department.

At Belfast Magistrates Court a 28 year old Belfast man was sentenced to four months imprisonment on each of two offences to run concurrently suspended for 12 months. The Judge also granted a Compensation Order of £1,785.73 to be paid within six months. 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 £2,727.77 which must be repaid to the Department.

Also, at Belfast Magistrates Court a 37 year old Belfast man was sentenced to 100 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 £2,248.02 which must be repaid to the Department.

At Strabane Magistrates Court a 44 year old Artigarvan man was sentenced to three months imprisonment on each of three offences to run concurrently suspended for two years. 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 £2,399.34 which must be repaid to the Department.

There were four convictions at Craigavon Magistrates Court this week.

A 32 year old Lurgan man was sentenced to four months imprisonment suspended for two years. 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 £1,497.17 which must be repaid to the Department.

A 34 year old Dromore man was sentenced to four months imprisonment each of two offences to run concurrently suspended for two years. 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 £11,160.50 which must be repaid to the Department.

A 27 year old Lurgan woman was sentenced to 80 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 £1,938.63 which must be repaid to the Department.

A 29 year old Portadown man was given a conditional discharge for two years. 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 £334.17 which must be repaid to the Department.

This brings the total number of convictions since 1 April 2017 to 212.

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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