Fined for benefit fraud

Date published: 03 June 2019

A woman was convicted at Downpatrick Magistrates’ Court today for claiming over £2,000 in benefits she was not entitled to.

Una Sawey (32) of Bearnagh Green, Newcastle, claimed Carer’s Allowance and Housing Benefit totalling £2,263 while failing to declare employment. She was fined £300 plus £15 offender levy. The fraud was uncovered following an investigation by the Department for Communities.

She 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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