Benefit fraud weekly review

Date published: 21 May 2019

This is the weekly fraud review for the week ending 17 May 2019.

At Newry Crown Court a 33 year old Newry man was sentenced to two months imprisonment for each of three offences to run concurrently suspended for two years.  This followed a conviction for having undeclared capital while claiming benefits he was not entitled to.  The overpayment in this case totalled £8,172.82 which must be repaid to the Department.

At Laganside Magistrates Court a 36 year old Newtownabbey man was given a Conditional Discharge for two years.  This followed a conviction for wrongful encashment of benefit.  He declared he had not received the original payment of the benefit thus receiving a duplicate payment.  Investigations determined he had indeed cashed both original and duplicate payments.  The overpayment in this case totalled £442.24 which must be repaid to the Department.

This brings the total number of convictions to 3.

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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