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Benefit Fraud Weekly Review 15 May 2015

Suspended Sentence for Newtownards Man

At Newtownards Magistrates Court a 29 year old Newtownards man was sentenced to two months imprisonment.  This was suspended for two years, on each of the eight charges, to run concurrently.  This followed a conviction for working while in receipt of benefits.  The overpayment in this case totalled £2,223.29 which must be repaid to the Department.
At Newtownards Magistrates Court a 26 year old Bangor man was sentenced to a 12 month conditional discharge on two charges.  This followed a conviction for working while claiming benefits.  The overpayment in this case totalled £1,726.92 which must be repaid to the Department.
At Downpatrick Magistrates Court a 50 year old Ballynahinch man was sentenced to 80 hours community service on one charge and a two year conditional discharge on two further charges.  This followed a conviction for working while in receipt of benefit.  The overpayment in this case totalled £6,163.66 which must be repaid to the Department.
This brings the total number of convictions since 1 April 2015 to 25.
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