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Benefit Fraud Weekly Review - 13 October 2014 - 17 October 2014

Man given suspended sentence for working and fraudulently claiming benefits

At Dungannon Magistrate’s Court, a 42 year old Cookstown man was sentenced to four months imprisonment suspended for three years and £55 court costs for fraudulently claiming £18,047.05 in Jobseeker’s Allowance and Housing Benefit.  The customer had been working and failed to notify the Department.
A 44 year old man from Lisburn appeared at Belfast Magistrate’s Court for wrongful encashment of a benefit cheque. The customer had cashed his original benefit cheque and a duplicate cheque, received when he claimed he had lost the original. He received £100.60 in Jobseeker’s Allowance fraudulently. The Court sentenced him to 100 hours community service, £76 court cost with 12 weeks to repay it.
Two people appeared at Londonderry Magistrate’s Court this week charged with claiming means tested benefits whilst working and had failed to notify the Department.
A man aged 24 was given a £300 fine and £40 court costs following a fraudulent claim to Jobseeker’s Allowance and Housing Benefit totalling £2,691.75.
The second person was a 27 year old woman who illegally claimed £3,730.57 in Income Support.  The court sentenced her to a £200 fine, £15 defendant levy and  £34 court costs with 26 weeks to pay.
This brings the total number of convictions since 1 April 2014 to 174
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