Five convicted at Belfast Magistrates’ Court of benefit fraud

Date published: 12 November 2019

Stephen Legge (44) of Farringdon Gardens, Belfast, claimed Employment & Support Allowance and Housing Benefit totalling £496 while failing to declare employment. He was fined £300 and a £15 offender’s levy.

Seamus Maxwell (43) of Hillman Street, Belfast, claimed Jobseeker’s Allowance and Housing Benefit totalling £5,280 while failing to declare his partner was working. He was sentenced to 80 hours community service.

Nathan McClintock (25) of Tynedale Grove, Belfast, claimed Income Support, Housing Benefit, Jobseeker’s Allowance and Carer’s Allowance totalling £2,779 while failing to declare employment. He was sentenced to 80 hours community service.

David McDyre (33) of Westland Road, Belfast, claimed Jobseeker’s Allowance totalling £4,058 while failing to declare employment. He was sentenced to 80 hours community service.

Catherine Pyper (46) of Lady Street, Belfast, claimed Jobseeker’s Allowance, Employment & Support Allowance and Housing Benefit totalling £11,169 while failing to declare she was living with a partner. She was sentenced to 90 hours community service.

They are also required to repay any outstanding money wrongfully obtained to the Department for Communities.

The fraud was uncovered following an investigation by the Department for Communities.

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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