Four people convicted at Belfast Magistrates’ Court of benefit fraud

Date published: 20 August 2019

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

Steven Robb (33) of Ravenswood Park, Belfast, claimed Jobseeker’s Allowance totalling £4,781 while failing to declare employment. He was sentenced to five months imprisonment suspended for 12 months.

Tracey Montgomery (41) of Berwick Road, Belfast, claimed Income Support, Housing Benefit and Carer’s Allowance totalling £8,613 while failing to declare employment. She was placed on probation for 12 months.

Joseph Lynch (30) of Creeslough Park, Belfast, claimed Jobseeker’s Allowance totalling £5,863 while failing to declare employment. He was given a four month prison sentence suspended for 12 months.

Brian Fennell (36) of Holmdene Gardens, Belfast, claimed Jobseeker’s Allowance, Housing Benefit and Employment and Support Allowance totalling £6,170 while failing to declare employment. He was given 140 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: https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/benefit-fraud

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