Benefit fraud weekly review

Date published: 13 August 2019

This is the weekly fraud review for the week ending 09 August 2019.

At Coleraine Magistrates’ Court a 50 year old Coleraine woman was sentenced to three months imprisonment on each of two offences to run concurrently suspended for two years. This followed a conviction for working while claiming benefits she was not entitled to. The overpayment in this case totalled £11,163.62 which must be repaid to the Department.

At Belfast Magistrates’ Court a 45 year old Finaghy man was given 80 hours Community Service for three offences. This followed a conviction for working while claiming benefits he was not entitled to. The overpayment in this case totalled £1,321.50 which must be repaid to the Department.

At Craigavon Magistrates’ Court a 43 year old Portadown man was given a £40 fine on each of five charges. The Department was awarded a Compensation Order for the total amount of overpaid benefit. This followed a conviction for working while claiming benefits he was not entitled to. The overpayment in this case totalled £2,517.15 which must be repaid to the Department.

At Omagh Magistrates’ Court a 61 year old Omagh woman was given an Absolute Discharge. The Department was awarded a Compensation Order for £5,523.68. This followed a conviction for failing to declare that she had an occupational pension while claiming benefits she was not entitled to. The overpayment in this case totalled £5,872.87 which must be repaid to the Department.

This brings the total number of convictions to 72.

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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