Benefit fraud weekly review

Date published: 15 January 2019

This is the weekly fraud review for the week ending 11 January 2019.

There were three convictions at Belfast Magistrates Court

A 56 year old Belfast woman was sentenced to four months imprisonment suspended for three years.  This followed a conviction for working while in receipt of benefits.  The overpayment in this case totalled £11,010.74 which must be repaid to the Department.

A 36 year old Belfast man was sentenced to four months imprisonment on each of eight charges suspended for two years.  This followed a conviction for working while in receipt of benefits.  The overpayment in this case totalled £3,245.15 which must be repaid to the Department.

A 57 year old Newtownabbey man was given a 12 month Conditional Discharge.  This followed a conviction for having excess capital while claiming benefits he was not entitled to.  The overpayment in this case totalled £3,240.34 which must be repaid to the Department.

At Enniskillen Magistrates Court a 47 year old Enniskillen man was ordered to complete 120 hours Community Service on each of three charges to run concurrently.  This followed a conviction for working while in receipt of benefits.  The overpayment in this case totalled £2,635.94 which must be repaid to the Department.

This brings the total number of convictions to 162.

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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