Community service for benefit fraud

Date published: 30 April 2019

A man was convicted at Belfast Magistrates’ Court today for claiming benefits he was not entitled to.

Michael Thompson (41) of Farringdon Gardens, Belfast claimed Income Support and Carer’s Allowance totaling £4,084 while failing to declare employment. He was given 80 hours community service. The fraud was uncovered following an investigation by the Department for Communities.

He is also required to repay any outstanding money wrongfully obtained to the Department.

Suspected benefit fraud can be reported to the Department for Communities anonymously.  Find out more at nidirect.

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