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Benefit Fraud Weekly Review 11th July 2014

Suspended sentence in Crown Court

A 48 year old Belfast woman failed to declare that she had capital in excess of the statutory limits but had claimed Employment Support, Income Support and Housing Benefit fraudulently totalling £44,626.74.  In Belfast Crown Court, she was sentenced to a one year custodial sentence, on all charges to run concurrently, suspended for 18 months.
This week one woman and two men were given conditional discharges for working and claiming Social Security Benefits.
A 22 year old Belfast woman received a two year conditional discharge following her conviction at Newtownards Magistrate’s Court after she failed to declare her true circumstances and thus fraudulently claimed Income Support and Carer’s Allowance totalling £2,488.25.
A 27 year old Belfast man failed to declare he was working to the Department.  He was convicted in Belfast Magistrate’s Court for fraudulently claiming £4,001.08 in Jobseekers’ Allowance and Housing Benefit. The court gave him a £300 fine, a 12 month conditional discharge and £68 court costs which must be paid within six weeks.
In Belfast Magistrate’s Court, a 34 year old Belfast man was prosecuted for working and fraudulently claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance totalling £967.55. The courts gave him a £250 fine, a 12 month conditional discharge and £183 court costs with 26 weeks to pay.
This brings the total number of convictions since 1 April 2014 to 102.
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