Four men convicted at Belfast Magistrates’ Court of benefit fraud

Date published: 27 August 2019

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

Graeme Catherwood (32) of Glenkyle Drive, Newtownabbey, claimed Jobseeker’s Allowance totalling £2,995 while failing to declare employment. He was sentenced to 100 hours community service.

Stephen Croft (33) of Benmore Drive, Belfast, claimed Jobseeker’s Allowance, Housing Benefit and Employment and Support  Allowance  totalling £5,711 while failing to declare employment. He was sentenced to four months imprisonment suspended for 12 months.

Roland Olah (26) of Dee Street, Belfast, claimed Jobseeker’s Allowance totalling £4,960 while failing to declare employment. He was sentenced to 100 hours community service and court costs of £43.

Ciaran O’Neill (30) of St. Matthews Court, Belfast, claimed Housing Benefit and Employment & Support Allowance totalling £495 while failing to declare employment. He was given a 12 month probation order.

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 on nidirect.

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