Community service for £7,000 benefit fraud

Date published: 04 July 2019

A man was convicted at Ballymena Magistrates’ Court today for claiming over £7,000 in benefits he was not entitled to.

Robert Rainey (49) of Parklands, Ballymena, claimed Jobseeker’s Allowance totaling £7,484 while failing to declare employment. He was given 150 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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