Four convicted at Belfast Magistrates’ Court of benefit fraud

Date published: 08 October 2019

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

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

Lisa Cooper (29) of Martin Street, Belfast, claimed Carer’s Allowance, Income Support and Housing Benefit totalling £6,852 while failing to declare employment. She was sentenced to four months imprisonment suspended for 12 months

Shelley Patterson (25) of Brook Lane, Bangor, claimed Jobseeker’s Allowance and Housing Benefit totalling £2,320 while failing to declare employment. She was sentenced to 80 hours community service.

William McAllister (33) of Shore Crescent, Belfast, claimed Jobseeker’s Allowance and Housing Benefit totalling £4,247 while failing to declare employment. He was sentenced to 80 hours community service.

Lee Beckett (33) of Mount Vernon Road, Belfast, claimed Jobseeker’s Allowance and Housing Benefit totalling £1,903 while failing to declare employment. He was sentenced to 80 hours community service.

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

Suspected benefit fraud can be reported to the Department for Communities anonymously.  Find out more at nidirect.

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