Three convicted at Belfast Magistrates’ Court of benefit fraud

Date published: 08 January 2019

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

Vasco Pinto Alves Junior (36) of Upper Frank Street, Belfast claimed Jobseekers Allowance and Housing Benefit totalling £3,245 while failing to declare employment. He was given a four months imprisonment on each charge suspended for 2 years.

David Ferguson (57) of Serpentine Gardens, Newtownabbey claimed Income Support and Housing Benefit totalling £3,240 while failing to declare capital. He was given a twelve month conditional discharge.

Sarah Higgins (56) of Ardmonagh Gardens, Belfast claimed Jobseekers Allowance totalling £11,010 while failing to declare employment. She was given four months imprisonment suspended for three years.

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

Suspected benefit fraud can be reported to the Department for Communities anonymously.  Find out more at: www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/benefit-fraud

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