Suspended sentence for £11,000 benefit fraud

Date published: 22 December 2017

A woman was convicted at Belfast Crown Court today for claiming over £11,000 in benefits she was not entitled to.

Joyce Hunter (54) of Graymount Parade, Newtownabbey fraudulently claimed Income Support, Employment & Support Allowance and Housing Benefit (rates) totalling £11,048 while failing to declare capital. She was given a two month prison sentence suspended for one year.

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 on nidirect.  

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