Benefit fraud weekly review

Date published: 09 December 2019

This is the weekly fraud review for the week ending 06 December 2019.

At Craigavon Magistrates Court a 39 year old Craigavon woman was sentenced to three months imprisonment on each of two charges to run concurrently and suspended for 18 months.  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 £11,579.52 which must be repaid to the Department.

Also at Craigavon Magistrates Court a 33 year old Portadown man was sentenced to three months imprisonment suspended for 12 months.  This followed a conviction for working while in receipt of benefits.  The overpayment in this case totalled £3,187.56 which must be repaid to the Department.

At Lisburn Magistrates Court a 48 year old Dunmurry woman was given an overall two year Conditional Discharge.  This followed a conviction for working while in receipt of benefits. The overpayment in this case totalled £7,403.60 which must be repaid to the Department.

At Antrim Magistrates Court a 31 year old Antrim man was ordered to complete 75 hours Community Service on each of six charges to run concurrently.  This followed a conviction for working while in receipt of benefits.  The overpayment in this case totalled £7,334.45 which must be repaid to the Department.

This brings the total number of convictions to 157.

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

Convictions, Administrative Penalties and Formal Cautions

Each month Benefit Security Division (BSD) offers Administrative Penalties and in certain circumstances Formal Cautions.

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

BSD convicted 23 customers of benefit fraud in November 2019 bringing the total to 153 at 30th November 2019.

BSD issued 28 Administrative Penalties in November 2019 bringing this total to 129 for 2019/2020.

BSD issued no Formal Cautions in November 2019 so the total remains at 2 for 2019/2020.

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