Benefit fraud weekly review

Date published: 16 July 2018

This is the weekly fraud review for the week ending 13 July 2018.

Two suspended sentences at Belfast Magistrates’ Court

There were three convictions in Belfast Magistrates’ Court this week.

A 35 year old Belfast woman was sentenced to three months imprisonment on each of two offences to run concurrently suspended for 18 months. This followed a conviction for failing to declare that she had been living abroad while in receipt of benefits she was not entitled to. The overpayment in this case totalled £6,413.53 which must be repaid to the Department.

A 35 year old Carrickfergus man was sentenced to three months imprisonment on each of five offences to run concurrently suspended for 18 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 £4,134.55 which must be repaid to the Department.

A 42 year old Belfast woman was given 80 hours community service following a conviction for failing to declare that she was working while in receipt of benefits she was not entitled to. The overpayment in this case totalled £5,286.52 which must be repaid to the Department.

This brings the total number of convictions since 1 April 2018 to 71.

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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