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Benefit Fraud Weekly Review - 21st - 25th July 2014

Custodial Sentences in Belfast Magistrate’s Court

In Belfast Magistrate’s Court, two customers from Belfast were given custodial sentences for claiming social security benefit fraudulently.
The first person to receive a custodial sentence was a 43 year old man who had claimed £17,944.81 fraudulently in Income Support, Housing Benefit and Carer’s Allowance. He had failed to inform the Department that he was working and received a custodial sentence of four months and £192 court costs to be paid within four weeks.
The second customer was a 34 year old man who received a sentence of three months imprisonment and a £25 offender levy. This man had failed to declare that he was living with a partner and claimed £11,554.646 incorrectly in Jobseeker’s Allowance and Housing Benefit.
A 44 year old man from Warrenpoint had not informed the Department that he was working and had received Job Seeker’s Allowance of £2,515.43 fraudulently.  In Newry Magistrate’s Court, he was fined £250 and £31 court costs.
Another man convicted at Newry Magistrate’s Court was 31 years of age and from Newry.  He failed to inform the Department that he had savings in excess of the permitted limit receiving £4,496.27 in Job Seeker’s Allowance and Housing Benefit incorrectly.  He received a £500 fine and £34 court costs.
A 54 year old woman from Belfast was convicted in Belfast Magistrate’s Court and received a sentence of three months imprisonment suspended for 12 months and £46 court costs.  She had not informed the Department that she was working and had received £2,471.19 in Job Seeker’s Allowance and Housing Benefit fraudulently.
In Lisburn Magistrate’s Court, a 29 year old Dunmurry woman was convicted for working and claiming Carer’s Allowance of £13,640.64 fraudulently.  Her sentence was a two year Conditional Discharge and £102 court costs.
Lastly, a 52 year old Londonderry woman appeared in Londonderry Magistrates Court for not notifying the Department that she was living with her partner. She was found guilty of benefit fraud having claimed £8,207.38 in Income Support, Employment Support Allowance and Housing Benefit fraudulently. She received a sentence of two months custodial sentence, suspended for one year, and court costs of £61.
This brings the total number of convictions since 1 April 2014 to 109
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