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Benefit Fraud Weekly Review - 11 - 15 August 2014

Suspended sentence for two benefit fraudsters

In Belfast Magistrate’s Court, two people were convicted of benefit fraud and received a suspended prison sentence.
The first was a 27 year old Belfast woman who had claimed £8,236.28 in Jobseeker’s Allowance and Housing Benefit whilst working.  She had failed to inform the Department of this fact and she received a four months prison sentence suspended for 12 months with £52 court costs.
The second person convicted was a 26 year old Belfast man also working and claiming social security benefits fraudulently.  He claimed £7,440.52 in Income Support and Housing Benefit receiving a four months imprisonment suspended for 12 months with £92 court costs.
In Armagh Magistrate’s Court a 56 year old Armagh man was sentenced to 100 hours Community Service and £40 court costs.  He had been working and claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance without informing the Department and had fraudulently received £5,723.59.
Lastly, a 49 year old woman from Armagh claimed £4,678.75 in Jobseeker’s Allowance that she was not entitled to because she was working.  She appeared at Armagh Magistrate’s Court where she was fined £300, £15 offender levy and £34 court costs.
This brings the total number of convictions since 1 April 2014 to 126
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