Three convicted at Newry Magistrates’ Court of benefit fraud

Date published: 21 October 2019

Two women and a man were convicted at Newry Magistrates’ Court today for claiming benefits they were not entitled to.

Rosemary McMinn (41) of Hollywood Grove, Newry, claimed Jobseeker’s Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance and Rates totalling £16,549 while failing to declare she was in receipt of excess capital. She was given an absolute discharge. Ms. McMinn has repaid all the money she wrongfully obtained.

Joseph Pearce (49) of Clogharevan Park, Newry, claimed Employment and Support Allowance and Housing Benefit totalling £8,228 while failing to declare he was in receipt of excess capital. He was fined £500 and given a £15 offender levy.

Fiona Flanagan (35) of Courtney Hill, Newry, claimed Income Support and Housing Benefit totalling £18,112 while failing to declare she was in receipt of excess capital. She was given an absolute discharge.

Any outstanding money wrongfully obtained has to be repaid to the Department for Communities.

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

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