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Benefit Fraud Weekly Review 26 June 2015

Community Service for Coleraine Woman

At Antrim Crown Court a 33 year old Coleraine woman was sentenced to 100 hours Community Service over a 12 month period.  This followed a conviction for living with a partner while claiming benefits she was not entitled to.  The overpayment in this case totalled £46,930.62 which must be repaid to the Department.
At Downpatrick Crown Court a 57 year old Donaghadee woman was sentenced to six months imprisonment on each of two counts to run concurrently, suspended for two years.  This followed a conviction for having undeclared capital and living with a partner while claiming benefits she was not entitled to.  The overpayment in this case totalled £21,636.31 which must be repaid to the Department.
At Belfast Crown Court a 46 year old Belfast woman was sentenced to six months imprisonment, suspended for two years.  This followed a conviction for being in receipt of student loans and grants while claiming benefits she was not entitled to.  The overpayment in this case totalled £19,007.71 which must be repaid to the Department.
At Belfast Magistrates Court a 55 year old Belfast woman was sentenced to 80 hours community service on each of four counts to run concurrently.  This followed a conviction for working while in receipt of benefits.  The overpayment in this case totalled £4,811.78 which must be repaid to the Department.
This brings the total number of convictions since 1 April 2015 to 61
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