Two men convicted for benefit fraud

Date published: 04 October 2019

Two men were convicted at Coleraine Magistrates’ Court today for claiming over £19,000 in benefits they were not entitled to.

Stewart McLaughlin (58) of Carrickmore Road, Ballycastle, claimed Employment and Support Allowance totaling £7,189.48 while failing to declare employment. He was given a three month imprisonment sentence suspended for 18 months. The fraud was uncovered following an investigation by the Department for Communities.

William Buchanan (57) of Lodge Manor, Coleraine, claimed Income Support & Housing Benefit totaling £12,095.56 while failing to declare employment. He was given a three month imprisonment sentence suspended for 12 months The fraud was uncovered following an investigation by the Department for Communities

All wrongfully obtained money has been 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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