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Benefit Fraud Weekly Review 17 - 24 August 2015

Compensation Order granted

At Newry Magistrate’s Court a 29 year old Newry man was convicted of claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance totalling £9,640.36 for failing to declare to the Department that he had savings in excess of the permitted limit.  He was sentenced to £200 fine and £15 offender levy. A Compensation Order was also granted for the full amount.
A 35 year old Lisnaskea woman appeared at Enniskillen Magistrate’s Court for fraudulently claiming £2,756.50 in Carer’s Allowance and working.  She was given a Conditional Discharge for one year.
At Belfast Magistrate’s Court a 30 year old Belfast man was convicted of benefit fraud and sentenced to 60 hours community service and £22 court costs.  He claimed he had not received his Jobseeker’s Allowance benefit cheque on two occasions and was issued with a duplicate by the benefit office but had cashed both the original and duplicate cheque receiving £220.68 he was not entitled to.
A Conditional Discharge for two years was given to a 30 year old Ballymena woman at Coleraine Magistrate’s Court.  She had fraudulently claimed £11,417.90 in Income Support and Housing Benefit whilst in receipt of a student loan.
At Armagh Magistrate’s Court a 31 year old Armagh man had claimed £2,829.65 in Jobseeker’s Allowance and Housing Benefit whilst working.  He received 150 hours Community Service.
Three women appeared at Newtownards Magistrate’s Court charged with benefit fraud.
A 30 year old woman from Bangor had wrongly claimed £3,691.68 in Income Support and Housing Benefit and had failed to declare that she was living with her partner. She received a Conditional Discharge for two years.
The second woman was aged 25 and was from Newtownards. She had also failed to declare that she was living with her partner. She was given a Conditional Discharge for two years for fraudulently claiming Housing Benefit totalling £2,787.65 fraudulently.
Finally, a 33 year old woman from Bangor appeared charged with working and fraudulently claiming £4,245.60 in Income Support. She received a   Conditional Discharge for three years and £31 court costs
This brings the total number of convictions since 1 April 2015 to 107
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