Suspended sentence for £10,395 benefit fraud

Date published: 05 December 2018

A woman was convicted at Omagh Magistrates’ Court on 4 December for claiming over £10,000 in benefits she was not entitled to.

Melissa Murray (25) of Sunningdale, Omagh claimed Income Support, Housing Benefit and Carers Allowance totaling £10,395 while failing to declare employment. She was given a four month prison sentence suspended for 2 years. The fraud was uncovered following an investigation by the Department for Communities.

She 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: https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/benefit-fraud

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