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Benefit Fraud Weekly Review 20 February 2015

Probation and community service for Ballyclare woman

At Antrim Crown Court a 34 year old Ballyclare woman was sentenced to two years probation and 100 hours community service.  She also has been ordered to attend a ‘thinking skills course’.  This followed a conviction for claiming benefits she was not entitled to whilst she was living with her partner.  The overpayment in this case totalled £100,942.13 which must be repaid to the Department.
At Londonderry Magistrates Court a 26 year old Londonderry man was sentenced to a two year conditional discharge.  This followed a conviction for working whilst in receipt of benefits.  The overpayment in this case totalled £3,620.43 which must be repaid to the Department.
Again a Londonderry Magistrates Court a 27 year old Londonderry man was sentenced to a one year conditional discharge.  This also followed a conviction for working whilst in receipt of benefits.  The overpayment in this case totalled £3,785.40 which must be repaid to the Department.
At Lisburn Magistrates Court a 26 year old Belfast man was sentenced to three months imprisonment suspended for 18 months.  This followed a conviction for working while in receipt of benefits.  The overpayment in this case totalled £3,211.20 which must be repaid to the Department.
At Armagh Magistrates Court a 37 year old Armagh man was sentenced to eight weeks imprisonment suspended for 12 months.  This followed a conviction for working while in receipt of benefits.  The overpayment in this case totalled £5,502.73 which must be repaid to the Department.
This brings the total number of convictions since 1 April 2014 to 263
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