Suspended sentence for benefit fraud

Date published: 18 April 2019

A man was convicted at Lisburn Magistrates’ Court today for claiming benefits he was not entitled to.

Paul McPhillips (29) of Coolmoyne House, Dunmurry claimed Jobseeker’s Allowance totalling £553 while failing to declare employment. He was given a three month prison sentence suspended for 12 months. 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 at nidirect.

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