Two convicted at Belfast Magistrates’ Court of benefit fraud

Date published: 05 December 2018

Two women were convicted at Belfast Magistrates’ Court on 4 December for claiming benefits they were not entitled to.

Stacey Perkins (35) of Comber Road, Dundonald, claimed Income Support totalling £1700 by wrongful encashment. She was given a conditional discharge for one year.

All overpayments have been repaid to the Department for Communities.

Jamie Stitt (31) of Friendly Street, Belfast, claimed Jobseekers Allowance, Housing Benefit and Employment & Support Allowance totalling £10,737 while failing to declare employment. She was given a four month prison sentence suspended for two years.

She is 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: https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/benefit-fraud

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