Benefit fraud weekly review

Date published: 18 June 2018

This is the weekly fraud review for the week ending 15 June 2018.

£1,000 in fines for Dunloy woman

At Coleraine Magistrates’ Court a 47 year old Dunloy woman was sentenced to a £500 fine on each of two offences and a £15 offender’s levy all to be paid within 20 weeks. This followed a conviction for failing to declare that she was working while in receipt of benefits she was not entitled to. The overpayment in this case totalled £5,077.64 which has been repaid to the Department.

At Newtownards Magistrates’ Court a 44 year old Bangor man was sentenced to a 180 hours community service. This followed a conviction for failing to declare that he was working while in receipt of benefits he was not entitled to. The overpayment in this case totalled £6,136.41 which has been repaid to the Department.

At Dungannon Magistrates’ Court a 32 year old Dungannon woman was sentenced to a conditional discharge for two years. This followed a conviction for failing to declare that she was working while in receipt of benefits she was not entitled to. The overpayment in this case totalled £4,644.69 which must be repaid to the Department.

This brings the total number of convictions since 1 April 2018 to 52.

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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