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Benefit Fraud Weekly Review 21st November 2014

Suspended Sentence for Belfast Woman

At Belfast Crown Court this week a 51 year old Belfast woman was sentenced to nine months imprisonment suspended for two years.  This followed a conviction of working while in receipt of benefits.  The overpayment in this case totalled £60,237.81 which must be repaid to the Department.
At Londonderry Magistrate Court a 45 year old Londonderry woman received a three month prison sentence, suspended for two years and £43 costs.  This followed a conviction of working while in receipt of benefits.  The overpayment in this case totalled £10,438.82 which must be repaid to the Department.
At Lisburn Magistrate Court a 28 year old Belfast woman was sentenced to a Conditional Discharge for two years and £40 costs.  This followed a conviction of claiming benefits while in receipt of student finance.  The overpayment in this case totalled £9,054.96 which must be repaid to the Department.
Also at Lisburn Magistrate Court a 44 year old Lisburn man was also sentenced to a Conditional Discharge for two years and £31 costs.  This followed a conviction of working while claiming benefits.  The overpayment in this case totalled £2,378.30 which must be repaid to the Department.
At Belfast Magistrate Court a 33 year old Belfast woman was sentenced to 12 months Conditional Discharge and costs of £110.  This followed a conviction of wrongful encashments.  She had declared she had not received the original payments of the benefit thus receiving duplicate payments.  Investigations determined she had indeed cashed both original and duplicate payments. The overpayment in this case totalled £481.49 which must be repaid to the Department.
At Londonderry Magistrate Court a 40 year old Londonderry woman received a one month prison sentence, suspended for two years along with £31 costs. This followed a conviction of working while claiming benefits.  The overpayment in this case totalled £2,307.50 which must be repaid to the Department.
Finally at Newry Magistrate Court a 62 year old Newry woman pleaded guilty of working while claiming benefits.  A fine of £250 was imposed and an Offender Levy of £15.  The overpayment in this case totalled £13,719.50 which must be repaid to the Department. This followed a conviction of working while claiming benefit.
This brings the total number of convictions since 1 April 2014 to 207
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