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Benefit Fraud Weekly Review 16 January 2015

At Downpatrick Crown Court a 37 year old Downpatrick woman was sentenced to 80 hours community service and ordered to pay court costs of £49.  This followed a conviction for living together as husband and wife while claiming benefits that she was not entitled to.  The overpayment in this case totalled £12,903.65 which must be repaid to the Department.
At Newtownards Magistrates Court a 41 year Millisle man was sentenced to a 12 month Conditional Discharge and ordered to pay court costs of £43.  This followed a conviction for working while in receipt of benefits.  The overpayment in this case totalled £2,141.50 which must be repaid to the Department.
At Belfast Magistrates Court a 57 year old Belfast man was ordered to pay a fine totalling £400 on two charges and ordered to pay court costs of £40.  This followed a conviction for working while in receipt of benefits.  The overpayment in this case totalled £2,558.71 which must be repaid to the Department.
At an appeal hearing at Belfast Magistrates Court a 29 year old Belfast man had a previous sentence of 150 hours community service reduced.  The sentence was reduced to a six month custodial sentence to run concurrently for each charge, suspended for three years.  The man had been convicted in December for working while claiming benefits.
This brings the total number of convictions since 1 April 2014 to 239.
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