Benefit Fraud Weekly Review 12th December 2014
Three Months Imprisonment for Newtownards Man
At Belfast Magistrate Court a 32 year old Newtownards man was sentenced to three months imprisonment on two charges to run concurrently and a £350 fine. This followed a conviction for working while claiming benefits. The overpayment in this case totalled £558.40 which must be repaid to the Department.
At Enniskillen Magistrate Court a 22 year old Enniskillen woman was sentenced to a two year Conditional Discharge. This followed the woman pleading guilty to working while in receipt of benefits. The overpayment in this case totalled £2,464.90 which must be repaid to the Department.
At Newtownards Magistrate Court a 24 year old Bangor man was also convicted of working while in receipt of benefits. He was fined a total of £240 on two counts, £15 offender levy and £548.12 restitution order with 18 weeks to pay.
This brings the total number of convictions since 1 April 2014 to 219.