Two convicted at Ballymena Magistrates’ Court of benefit fraud

Date published: 03 January 2019

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

James Dodsworth (47) of Lindara Park, Larne, claimed Employment and Support Allowance totalling £3,865 while failing to declare employment. He was given a conditional discharge for two years.

William Elder (41) of Barra Drive, Ballymena, claimed Jobseekers Allowance and Housing Benefit totalling £7,755 while failing to declare employment. He was given 60 hours community service.

They are both 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: https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/benefit-fraud

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