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Benefit Fraud Weekly Review 17 April 2015

Community Service for Belfast Man

At Newtownards Magistrates Court a 49 year old Belfast man was sentenced to 150 hours community service.  This followed a conviction for working while in receipt of benefits.  The overpayment in this case totalled £10,191.95 which must be repaid to the Department.
At Belfast Magistrates Court a 55 year old Belfast man was sentenced to 150 hours community service.  This followed a conviction for working while claiming benefits.  The overpayment in this case totalled £2,478.77 which must be repaid to the Department.
At Newtownards Magistrates Court a 27 year old Bangor man was sentenced to 125 hours community service.  This followed a conviction for working while in receipt of benefits.  The overpayment in this case totalled £6,533.12 which must be repaid to the Department.  
Also at Newtownards Magistrates Court a 28 year old Belfast man was sentenced to 125 hours community service.  This followed a conviction for working while claiming benefits.  The overpayment in this case totalled £6,949.92 which must be repaid to the Department.
At Belfast Magistrates Court a 23 year old Belfast woman was ordered to pay a £500 fine and court costs of £43.  This followed a conviction for working while in receipt of benefits.  The overpayment in this case totalled £4,558.89 which must be repaid to the Department.
Also at Belfast Magistrate Court a 41 year old Belfast man was ordered to pay a £300 fine, £22 court costs and a compensation order of £111, the amount of the overpaid benefit.  This followed a conviction for wrongful encashment. He declared he had not received the original payment of the benefit thus receiving a duplicate payment.  Investigations determined he had indeed cashed both original and duplicate payments.  
This brings the total number of convictions since 1 April 2015 to 8.
If you wish to report benefit fraud please refer to the Benefit Fraud Hotline external link page.
If you wish to read about other cases please refer to: News Releases – Department for Social Development external link