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Benefit Fraud Weekly Review 27 March 2015

Suspended Sentence for Londonderry man

At Londonderry Magistrate Court a 43 year old Londonderry man was sentenced to five months imprisonment, suspended for two years.  He was also ordered to pay court cost of £49.00.  This followed a conviction for not declaring a student loan while claiming benefits.  The overpayment in this case totalled £32,109.71 which must be repaid to the Department.
At Belfast Magistrate Court a 42 year old Belfast man was sentenced to a Conditional Discharge for three years and ordered to pay court costs of £92 within eight weeks.  This followed a conviction for working while claiming benefit.  The overpayment in this case totalled £2,221.86 which must be repaid to the Department.
At Belfast Magistrate Court a 44 year old Belfast man was sentenced to a Conditional Discharge for three years.  This followed a conviction for working while claiming benefits.  The overpayment in this case totalled £4,356.85 which must be repaid to the Department.
At Belfast Magistrate Court a 51 year old Belfast man was sentenced to a Conditional Discharge for two years and ordered to pay £34 court costs within eight weeks.  This followed a conviction for working while claiming benefits.  The overpayment in this case totalled £3,329.38 which must be repaid to the Department.
At Belfast Magistrate Court a 55 year old Belfast woman was sentenced to a Conditional Discharge for two years.  This followed a conviction for not declaring capital while claiming benefits.  The overpayment in this case totalled £10,462.12 which must be repaid to the Department.
This brings the total number of convictions since 1 April 2014 to 292.
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