Benefit fraud weekly review

Date published: 27 March 2017

This is the weekly fraud review for the week ending 24 March 2017.

Suspended Sentence for Aghalee man

At Craigavon Crown Court a 51 year old Aghalee man was sentenced to three months imprisonment suspended for two years.  This followed a conviction for working while in receipt of benefits.  The overpayment in this case totalled £11,010.59 which must be repaid to the Department.

At Belfast Magistrates Court a 55 year old Belfast man was sentenced to four months imprisonment suspended for two years to run concurrently on each of four offences.  This followed a conviction for working while in receipt of benefits.  The overpayment in this case totalled £10,444.87 which must be repaid to the Department.

At Ballymena Magistrates Court a 53 year old Ballymena 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 £2,397.48 which must be repaid to the Department.

At Londonderry Magistrates Court a 47 year old Londonderry woman was given a Conditional Discharge for 12 months and ordered to pay £37 Court Costs.  This followed a conviction for working while in receipt of benefits.  The overpayment in this case totalled £15,643.15 which must be repaid to the Department.

At Lisburn Magistrates Court a 33 year old Hillsborough woman was given a 12 month Conditional Discharge.  This followed a conviction for living with a partner while in receipt of benefits.  The overpayment in this case totalled £6,399.25 which must be repaid to the Department.

At Antrim Magistrates Court a 57 year old Crumlin woman was ordered to complete 200 hours Community Service and had a suspended sentence for a previous similar offence extended until February 2018. This followed a conviction for working while in receipt of benefits.  The overpayment in this case totalled £2,712.08 which must be repaid to the Department.

At Antrim Magistrates Court a 22 year old Randalstown man was ordered to complete 150 hours Community Service and ordered to pay a compensation order for the full amount of the overpayment totalling £874.35.  This followed a conviction for working while in receipt of benefits.

This brings the total number of convictions since 1 April 2016 to 278.

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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