Benefit Fraud Weekly Review 10th-14th November 2014
Suspended sentences for two men convicted of benefit fraud
At Londonderry Magistrate’s Court a 56 year old man from Belfast was given a custodial sentence for five months which was suspended for two years and £46 court costs. He had not declared that he had capital in excess of the statutory limit and claimed £10,819.98 in Income Support and Housing Benefit fraudulently.
A 50 year old man from Strabane was convicted of landlord fraud. He had fraudulently claimed £5,925.94 in Housing Benefit when his landlord was his daughter. At Strabane Magistrate’s Court the judge sentenced him to four months imprisonment suspended for one year and £22 court costs with six weeks to pay.
At Dungannon Magistrate’s Court, a 61 year old Dungannon woman appeared for having capital in excess of the statutory limit. She fraudulently claimed £3,749.67 in Income Support.
Her defence stated that the money belonged to her boyfriend. The Judge commented that he did not find her boyfriend a credible witness and since the money was in her account the legal owner of the money was the customer.
The court imposed a £400 fine, £15 offender’s levy and £37 court costs.
A 34 year old Newtownards woman was convicted at Newtownards Magistrate’s Court of failing to notify the Department that she was living with her partner. She had fraudulently claimed £6,299.94 in Income Support and Housing Benefit. The court sentenced her to a 12 month conditional discharge on each charge to run concurrently and £20 court costs to be paid over four weeks.
This brings the total number of convictions since 1 April 2014 to 200.