Benefit fraud weekly review

Date published: 23 May 2017

This is the weekly fraud review for the week ending 19 May 2017.

Suspended Sentence for Belfast woman

At Belfast Crown Court a 38 year old Dunmurry woman was sentenced to six months imprisonment suspended for two years.  This followed a conviction for having an undeclared income while in receipt of benefits.  The overpayment in this case totalled £13,442.56 which must be repaid to the Department.

At Armagh Magistrates Court a 63 year old Armagh woman 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 £12,370.58 which must be repaid to the Department.

At Lisburn Magistrates Court a 52 year old Lisburn man was sentenced to two months imprisonment suspended for 18 months.  This followed a conviction for working while in receipt of benefits.  The overpayment in this case totalled £3,351.40 which must be repaid to the Department.

At Newtownards Magistrates Court a 39 year old Kircubbin man was given a Conditional Discharge for 12 months.  This followed a conviction for living with a partner while in receipt of benefits he was not entitled to.  The overpayment in this case totalled £10,589.37 which must be repaid to the Department.

Also at Newtownards Magistrates Court a 38 year old Moneyrea man was given a Conditional Discharge for 12 months.  This followed a conviction for living with a partner and working while in receipt of benefits he was not entitled to.  The overpayment in this case totalled £8,094.98 which must be repaid to the Department.

At Belfast Magistrates Court a 32 year old Belfast woman was ordered to complete 100 hours Community Service on each of four charges to run concurrently.  This followed a conviction for having an undeclared student loan.  The overpayment in this case totalled £21,382.10 which must be repaid to the Department.

At Belfast Magistrates Court a 37 year old Newtownabbey woman was ordered to complete 60 hours Community Service on each of five offences to run concurrently.  This followed a conviction for working while in receipt of benefits.  The overpayment in this case totalled £3,368.04 which must be repaid to the Department.

At Belfast Magistrates Court a 62 year old Belfast man was ordered to pay a £235 fine and a £15 offender’s levy within 26 weeks.  This followed a conviction for having an undeclared pension while in receipt of benefits.  The overpayment in this case totalled £2,117.59 which must be repaid to the Department.

At Belfast Magistrates Court a 29 year old Belfast woman was ordered to pay a £235 fine and a £15 offender’s levy.  This followed a conviction for working while in receipt of benefit.  The overpayment in this case totalled £3,949.26 which must be repaid to the Department.

At Belfast Magistrates Court a 26 year old Belfast woman was ordered to pay a £185 fine and a £15 offender’s levy.  This followed a conviction for working while in receipt of benefit.  The overpayment in this case totalled £1,529.64 which must be repaid to the Department.

This brings the total number of convictions since 1 April 2017 to 39.

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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