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Benefit Fraud Weekly Review - 08 - 12 September 2014

Confiscation Order of £12,055.27 granted to the Department

At Belfast Crown Court, a 58 year old Belfast woman convicted in November 2013 for benefit fraud received a confiscation order for £12,055.27.  This must be paid by the 10th March 2015 or she will have to serve a default sentence of six months imprisonment.  The woman had claimed Income Support and Housing Benefit whilst she had capital in excess of the statutory limit.
At Dungannon Magistrate’s Court, a 49 year old Dungannon man was convicted of benefit fraud for failing to declare to the Department that he was working while in receipt of Jobseeker’s Allowance and Housing Benefit. He had claimed £4,441.04 illegally and received a sentence of 200 hours community service and £34 court costs.
A 47 year old woman from Aghalee received a sentence of a three months imprisonment suspended for three years at Craigavon Crown Court.  She had claimed £13,546.48 in Income Support and Jobseeker’s Allowance which she was not entitled to as she had not informed the Department that she was working.
This brings the total number of convictions since 1 April 2014 to 145.
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