Three convicted at Belfast Magistrates’ Court of benefit fraud

Date published: 05 November 2019

Two men and a woman were convicted at Belfast Magistrates’ Court today for claiming benefits they were not entitled to.

Two men and a woman were convicted at Belfast Magistrates’ Court today for claiming benefits they were not entitled to.

Seamus Hawkins (53) of Azalea Gardens, Dunmurry, claimed Jobseeker’s Allowance, Employment & Support Allowance and Housing Benefit totalling £10,813 while failing to declare employment. He was sentenced to 100 hours community service.

Glenn Reynolds (25) of Donaldson Crescent, Belfast, claimed Income Support and Carer’s Allowance totalling £3,658 while failing to declare employment. He was sentenced to 90 hours community service and £53 court costs

Chelsey Smyth (26) of Downview Gardens, Belfast, claimed Income Support and Housing Benefit  totalling £4,303 while failing to declare employment. She was sentenced to a three year conditional discharge.

They are also required to repay any outstanding money wrongfully obtained to the Department for Communities.

The fraud was uncovered following an investigation by the Department for Communities.

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

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