Four convicted of benefit fraud at Londonderry court

Date published: 20 March 2017

Four men were convicted at Londonderry Magistrates’ Court recently for claiming benefits they were not entitled to.

Gareth Bradley (37) of Dunboyne Park, Eglinton claimed Income Support and Housing Benefit totalling £178 while failing to declare employment. He was fined £50, ordered to pay an offenders levy of £15 and court costs of £43.

Matthew Colby (31) of Circular Road, Londonderry claimed Jobseeker’s Allowance totalling £275 while failing to declare employment. He was fined £50, ordered to pay an offenders levy of £15 and court costs of £37.

Eamon Harkin (27) of Crawford Square, Londonderry claimed Jobseeker’s Allowance and Housing Benefit totalling £11,188 while failing to declare full time education. He was fined £50, ordered to pay an offenders levy of £15 and court costs of £40.

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

James Ferguson (42) of Chamberlain Street, Londonderry claimed Jobseeker’s Allowance of £8,542 while failing to declare savings. He was fined £75, ordered to pay an offenders levy of £15 and court costs of £34.

Mr Ferguson has repaid in full the money wrongfully obtained to the Department for Communities.

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