Benefit fraud weekly review

Date published: 17 April 2018

This is the weekly fraud review for the week ending 16 April 2018.

Three month suspended sentence for Ballymoney man

At Antrim Crown Court a 56 year old Ballymoney man was sentenced to a three months custodial sentence on each of four charges to run concurrently suspended for two years. This followed a conviction for failing to declare that he was working while in receipt of benefits he was not entitled to. The overpayment in this case totalled £13,082.44 which must be repaid to the Department.

At Belfast Magistrates Court a 26 year old Belfast man was given a £100.00 fine and an offender’s levy. This followed a conviction for failing to declare that he was working while in receipt of benefits he was not entitled to. The overpayment in this case totalled £231.60 which must be repaid to the Department.

At Belfast Magistrates Court a 33 year old Belfast man was sentenced to 80 hours of community service. This followed a conviction for failing to declare that he was working while in receipt of benefits he was not entitled to. The overpayment in this case totalled £4,114.33 which must be repaid to the Department.

At Londonderry Magistrates Court a 38 year old Londonderry man was sentenced to a conditional discharge for 12 months. This followed a conviction for failing to declare that he was working while in receipt of benefits he was not entitled to. The overpayment in this case totalled £4.666.17 which must be repaid to the Department.

This brings the total number of convictions since 1 April 2018 to 7.

If you wish to report benefit fraud please refer to our Fraud website.

If you wish to read about other cases please refer to: News Releases – Department for Communities

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