Suspended sentence for £9,000 benefit fraud

Date published: 08 February 2018

A man was convicted at Belfast Crown Court today for claiming over £9,000 in benefits he was not entitled to.

Hugh McLaughlin (63) of Falls Road, Belfast claimed Jobseeker’s Allowance and Housing Benefit totalling £9,141 while failing to declare employment. He was given a three month prison sentence suspended for two years.

The fraud was uncovered following an investigation by the Department for Communities.

He is also required to pay any outstanding money wrongfully obtained to the Department.

Suspected benefit fraud can be reported to the Department for Communities anonymously. Find out more on nidirect.

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