Benefit Fraud Weekly Review - 11 - 15 August 2014
Suspended sentence for two benefit fraudsters
In Belfast Magistrate’s Court, two people were convicted of benefit fraud and received a suspended prison sentence.
The first was a 27 year old Belfast woman who had claimed £8,236.28 in Jobseeker’s Allowance and Housing Benefit whilst working. She had failed to inform the Department of this fact and she received a four months prison sentence suspended for 12 months with £52 court costs.
The second person convicted was a 26 year old Belfast man also working and claiming social security benefits fraudulently. He claimed £7,440.52 in Income Support and Housing Benefit receiving a four months imprisonment suspended for 12 months with £92 court costs.
In Armagh Magistrate’s Court a 56 year old Armagh man was sentenced to 100 hours Community Service and £40 court costs. He had been working and claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance without informing the Department and had fraudulently received £5,723.59.
Lastly, a 49 year old woman from Armagh claimed £4,678.75 in Jobseeker’s Allowance that she was not entitled to because she was working. She appeared at Armagh Magistrate’s Court where she was fined £300, £15 offender levy and £34 court costs.
This brings the total number of convictions since 1 April 2014 to 126