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Benefit Fraud Weekly Review 24 - 31 July 2015

Compensation Order and suspended sentence for Ballymoney man

At Coleraine Magistrate’s Court, a 34 year old Ballymoney man was convicted of fraudulently claiming £6,993.11 in Jobseeker’s Allowance.  He was working and claiming benefit and was given a three month custodial sentence on each charge suspended for two years with £46 court costs.  A Compensation Order was also granted for the total amount claimed fraudulently to be repaid within six months..
A 25 year old Belfast man was convicted in Belfast Magistrate’s Court for claiming his original benefit cheque was lost, subsequently receiving a duplicate cheque from the benefit office and cashing both cheques. He fraudulently received £93.12 in Jobseeker’s Allowance and was sentenced to a £250 fine, £44 court costs to be paid within 26 weeks.
At Belfast Magistrate’s Court, a 26 year old Belfast woman claimed Income Support and Housing Benefit whilst working receiving £2,497.39 fraudulently.  The Judge sentenced her to 60 hours Community Service stating that failure to complete the Community Service would means she could potentially face a prison sentence.
This brings the total number of convictions since 1 April 2015 to 92.

Convictions, Administrative Penalties and Formal Cautions –

Each month Single Investigation Service (SIS) offers 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 26 customers of benefit fraud in July 2015 bringing the total for 2015/2016 to 92.
SIS issued 85 Administrative Penalties in July 2015 bringing this total to 262 for 2015/2016.
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