Benefit Fraud Weekly Review – 28 February 2014
Confiscation Order for Newtownabbey Man
At Belfast Crown Court a 63 year old Newtownabbey man had a confiscation order issued against him to the value of £3,950.00. This was issued as he fraudulently claimed Jobseekers Allowance and Housing benefit but had failed to declare that he held significant funds in his bank accounts. He had received £14,824.68 in benefits he was not entitled to, over a three year period. On 17th April 2013 the defendant had pleaded guilty to two charges of failing to declare his true circumstances. The Confiscation Order is to be satisfied by 28th August 2014, with a sentence of three months imprisonment to be imposed in default of payment.
At Enniskillen Magistrate Court a 55 year old Enniskillen man was sentenced to three months imprisonment suspended for two years. This followed a conviction of living together as husband and wife and having a working partner. The overpayment in this case totalled £6,477.81 which must be repaid to the Department.
At Antrim Magistrate Court a 23 year old Antrim woman was sentenced to a one year Conditional Discharge on two charges to run concurrent. This followed a conviction of working whilst claiming benefits. The overpayment in this case totalled £4,179.75 which must be repaid to the Department.
Also at Antrim Magistrate Court a 67 year old Antrim man was sentenced to a 12 month Conditional Discharge. This followed a conviction of failing to declare an Occupational Pension whilst claiming benefits. The overpayment in this case totalled £4,752.37 which must be repaid to the Department.
At Omagh Magistrate Court a 48 year old Omagh man was sentenced to a two year Conditional Discharge. This followed a conviction of wrongful encashment of benefit. He declared he had not received the original payment of the benefit thus receiving a duplicate payment. Investigations determined he had indeed cashed both original and duplicate payments.
Also at Omagh Magistrate Court a 41 year old Omagh man who was charged with having undeclared capital was given an absolute discharge.
At Belfast Magistrate Court a 58 year old Carrickfergus woman was sentenced to a 12 month Conditional Discharge. This followed a conviction of working whilst claiming benefits. The overpayment in this case totalled £3,109.79 which must be repaid to the Department.
At Belfast Magistrate Court a total of 280 hours Community Service was handed down in three separate cases. This followed a conviction in one case for an undeclared student loan and in two cases for working whilst claiming benefits. The total overpayment in these cases totalled £13,408.47 which must be repaid to the Department.
Finally at Belfast Magistrate Court a fine of £275 was given to a Belfast woman following a conviction of working whilst in receipt of benefit. The overpayment in this case totalled £4,974.40 which must be repaid to the Department.
This brings the total number of convictions since 1 April 2013 to 421
Convictions, Administrative Penalties and Formal CautionsEach month Single Investigation Service (SIS) offer Administrative Penalties and Formal Cautions in some circumstances.
SIS statistics refer to cases of benefit fraud such as working and claiming, living together cases and failing to declare savings.
SIS convicted 47 customers of benefit fraud in February bringing the total for 2013/2014 to 421.
SIS issued 36 Administrative Penalties in February bringing this total to 626 for 2013/2014.
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