Three men convicted at Belfast Magistrates’ Court of benefit fraud

Date published: 13 August 2019

Three men were convicted at Belfast Magistrates’ Court today for claiming benefits they were not entitled to.

Christopher Thompson (50) of Hamlet Way, Ballyclare, claimed Income Support and Housing Benefit totalling £13,129 while failing to declare employment. He was given three months imprisonment suspended for 12 months and £75 court costs.

Darren Reid (44) of Malton Drive, Belfast, claimed Income Support totalling £5,309 while failing to declare his partner was working. He was given 100 hours community service and £52 court costs

Gavin Ferguson (31) of Rydalmere Street, Belfast claimed Income Support and Housing Benefit totalling £4,506 while failing to declare employment. He was given 80 hours community service and £40 court costs.

They are also 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 nidirect.

 

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