Suspended sentence for benefit fraud

Date published: 11 June 2019

A man was convicted at Belfast Magistrates’ Court today for claiming over £5,000 in benefits he was not entitled to.

Ryan Bailie (34) of Fairhill Road, Newtownabbey claimed Employment and Support Allowance totalling £5,198 while failing to declare employment. He was given four months imprisonment suspended for twelve 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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