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Benefit Fraud Weekly Review – 18 April 2014

Suspended Sentence for Portaferry Woman

At Newtownards Court a 28 year old Portaferry woman was given a 2 month prison sentence, suspended for 18 months, along with a £130 fine. The woman had being living with a partner, but failed to declare this when making her claim to benefit, wrongfully receiving £5477.03. This money must also be repaid to the Department.
At Lisburn Court a 29 year old Lisburn woman was given 200 hours Community Service. The woman was working while in receipt of benefit and claimed £2516.79 to which she was not entitled. A 47 year old Dunmurry woman was also given 200 hours Community Service and a 22 year old Lisburn man was given a 2 year Conditional Discharge on similar charges. All money wrongfully claimed must be repaid to the Department.
At Belfast Court a 40 year old Belfast man was given a £450 fine and ordered to pay £120 court costs. The man had failed to declare he was working while in receipt of Job Seekers Allowance and Housing Benefit, wrongfully claiming £2455.67. A 31 year old Belfast man was given a £400 fine on a similar charge, claiming £5571.41 to which he was not entitled. Both men must repay all money wrongfully claimed to the Department.
Also in Belfast Court, a 33 year old Dundonald man was given 200 hours Community Service. The man had continued to cash benefit cheques following the death of a relative, and was charged with a total over payment of benefit of £1984.50, which must also be repaid to the Department.
In Newry Court this week 3 people were convicted of having undeclared capital while in receipt of benefit, wrongfully claiming a total of £26254.17. A 54 year old Newry man was sentenced to 3 months imprisonment, to run concurrently on each of 2 charges, suspended for 2 years. A 52 year old Warrenpoint woman was sentenced to 2 months imprisonment, suspended for 2 years and a 60 year old Newry man was given a 2 year Conditional Discharge.
Also in Newry Court, a 25 year old Newry woman was sentenced to 1 month imprisonment, suspended for 2 years, after wrongful claiming £773.99. The woman had failed to declare she was working while in receipt of benefit. A compensation order was also granted to the value of £680.57, which must be repaid within 26 weeks.
In Limavady Court a 58 year old Limavady man was given a 12 month Conditional Discharge. The man had wrongfully claimed £2647.50 after failing to declare an improvement in his condition during a claim for Disability Living Allowance. A compensation order was granted for the full amount of the overpayment, which must be paid within 6 months. Failure to comply with this order will result in the man receiving a 3 month prison sentence.
And finally this week, in Londonderry Court a 32 year old Londonderry man was given a 2 year Conditional Discharge along with a £50 fine. The man had wrongfully claimed £3497.67 as he failed to declare he was working during his claim to benefit. The money wrongfully claimed must also be repaid to the Department.
This brings the total number of convictions since 1 April 2013 to 26
If you wish to report benefit fraud please refer to our Fraud pages.
If you wish to read about other cases please refer to: News Releases – Department for Social Development external link