Benefit fraud weekly review

Date published: 11 December 2018

This is the weekly fraud review for the week ending 7 December 2018.

There was one conviction at Omagh Magistrates’ Court this week

At Omagh Magistrates’ Court a 25 year old Omagh woman was sentenced to four months imprisonment on each of four charges to run concurrently suspended for two years. A Compensation Order was also granted for £10,000 which must be repaid within six months. This followed a conviction for working while claiming benefits she was not entitled to. The overpayment in this case totalled £10,395.51 which must be repaid to the Department.

There were four convictions at Coleraine Magistrates’ Court this week.

A 51 year old Ballycastle man was sentenced to four months imprisonment suspended for three years. This followed a conviction for working while claiming benefits she was not entitled to. The overpayment in this case totalled £6,681.24 which must be repaid to the Department.

A 22 year old Garvagh woman was sentenced to four months imprisonment on each of four charges to run concurrently suspended for two years. This followed a conviction for failing to declare that she was living with her partner while claiming benefits she was not entitled to. The overpayment in this case totalled £13,622.88 which must be repaid to the Department.

A 49 year old Bushmills woman was sentenced to four months imprisonment on each of three charges 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 £7,837.54 which must be repaid to the Department.

A 35 year old Ballymoney woman was sentenced to three months imprisonment on each of three charges to run concurrently suspended for two years. This followed a conviction for failing to declare that she was living with her partner who was also her landlord while claiming benefits she was not entitled to. The overpayment in this case totalled £4,419.08 which must be repaid to the Department.

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

A 31 year old Belfast woman sentenced to four months imprisonment suspended for two years. This followed a conviction for working while claiming benefits she was not entitled to. The overpayment in this case totalled £10,737.76 which must be repaid to the Department.

A 35 year old Dundonald woman was given a conditional discharge for 12 months. This followed a conviction for wrongful encashment of giro cheques. The overpayment in this case totalled £1,700.61 which has been repaid to the Department.

This brings the total number of convictions to 144.

 

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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