The Department for Communities’ Financial Investigation Unit obtained a Confiscation Order to the value of £16,719.99 against a Magherafelt woman at Londonderry Crown Court yesterday.
Bernadette McGreevey (46) claimed Income Support on the basis that she had no savings or other sources of income.
During her claim to benefits the defendant failed to declare that she had capital over the statutory thresholds. As a result of this she received £17,440 in benefits that she was not entitled to over a five year period.
On 5 June 2017, the defendant pleaded guilty to three charges of dishonesty. At the confiscation hearing on 1 March the Court granted a Confiscation Order in the amount of £16,719.99. The defendant must satisfy the order by 1 June 2018 or serve an eight month prison sentence for non-payment of the order, which will remain payable.
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