Larne man convicted for £7,000 benefit fraud

Date published: 28 August 2019

A man was convicted at Ballymena Magistrates’ Court today for claiming over £7,000 in benefits he was not entitled to.

Paul McWilliams (48) of Hampton Crescent, Larne claimed Employment and Support Allowance totalling £7,144 while failing to declare employment. He was sentenced to 120 hours community service. The fraud was uncovered following an investigation by the Department for Communities.

He is also required to repay any outstanding money wrongfully obtained to the Department.

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

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