Benefit fraud weekly review

Date published: 15 January 2018

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

Five people convicted at Belfast Magistrate’s Court

There were five people convicted at Belfast Magistrate’s Court this week.

A 34 year old Belfast woman was sentenced to a four month custodial sentence suspended for 18 months. 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 £8,646.11 which must be repaid to the Department.

A 64 year old Belfast man was given a £250 fine plus a £15 offender’s levy with 26 weeks to pay. This followed a conviction for failing to declare that he had an undeclared income while in receipt of benefits he was not entitled to. The overpayment in this case totalled £2,864.32 which has been repaid to the Department.

A 42 year old Belfast woman was given a 12 month Probation Order and 60 hours community service with a requirement to undertake alcohol counselling. 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 £2,398.30 which must be repaid to the Department.

A 45 year old Belfast man was sentenced to 80 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 £2,139.96 which must be repaid to the Department.

A 63 year old Greenisland man was given 60 hours community service. The Department was also awarded a Compensation Order for £3,460.34. This followed a conviction for failing to declare that he had an undeclared income while in receipt of benefits he was not entitled to. The overpayment in this case totalled £3,482.52 which must be repaid to the Department.

At Newtownards Magistrates Court a 38 year old Bangor man was sentenced to £200 fine plus a £16 offender’s levy. 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 £2,328.70 which must be repaid to the Department.

This brings the total number of convictions since 1 April 2017 to 263.

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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