Fine for benefit fraud

Date published: 04 June 2019

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

Andrew McKinley (35) of Glenview Drive, Lurgan claimed Employment and Support Allowance totalling £7,315 while failing to declare employment. He was fined £300 and a £15 offender levy. 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: https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/benefit-fraud

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