Five convicted at Belfast Magistrate’s Court of Benefit fraud

Date published: 09 January 2018

Three men and two women were convicted at Belfast Magistrates’ Court today for claiming benefits they were not entitled to.

Adrian Johnston (64) of Rossmore Gardens, Greenisland claimed Jobseeker’s Allowance totalling £3,482 while failing to declare occupational pension. He was given 60 hours community service.

Ms Karen Thompson (35) of Bentham Drive, Belfast claimed Income Support, Housing Benefit and Carer's Allowance totalling £8,646 while failing to declare she was working.  She was given four months suspended sentence for 18 months.

Mr Thomas Young (64) of Woodvale Road, Belfast claimed Income Support totalling £2,864 while failing to declare a pension.  He was given a £250 fine plus a £15 offender levy.

Mr Patrick Mallaghan (46) of Oldpark Road, Belfast claimed Jobseeker's Allowance and Housing Benefit totalling £2,139 while failing to declare he was working.  He was given 80 hours community service.

Ms Nichola Keenan (43) of Hillview Court, Belfast claimed Jobseeker's Allowance totalling £2,398 while failing to declare she was working.  She was given a 12 month Probation Order, 60 hours community service and required to undertake Alcohol counselling.

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

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