Benefit fraud weekly review

Date published: 15 October 2018

This is the weekly fraud review for the week ending 12 October 2018.

At Belfast Crown Court a 42 year old Belfast woman was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment suspended for two years on each of three offences to run concurrently. This followed a conviction for failing to declare that she was living with her partner while in receipt of benefits she was not entitled to. The overpayment in this case totalled £145,326.63 which must be repaid to the Department.

There were three convictions at Belfast Magistrates’ Court this week.

A 34 year old Newtownabbey woman was sentenced to four months imprisonment suspended for three years on each of two offences to run concurrently. This followed a conviction for failing to declare that she was living with her partner while in receipt of benefits she was not entitled to. The overpayment in this case totalled £12,529.45 which must be repaid to the Department.

A 24 year old Ballyclare man was sentenced to four months imprisonment suspended for two years on each of three offences to run concurrently. 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 £1,033.93 which must be repaid to the Department.

In a separate case the same man was sentenced to four months imprisonment suspended for two years on each of two offences to run concurrently. This followed a conviction for failing to declare a separate period of work while in receipt of benefits he was not entitled to. The overpayment in this case totalled £201.99 which must be repaid to the Department.

This brings the total number of convictions since 1 April 2018 to 111.

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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