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Benefit Fraud Weekly Review 23 January 2015

Suspended Sentence for Belfast man

At Belfast Crown Court a 49 year old Belfast man was sentenced to 15 months imprisonment, suspended for two years.  This followed a conviction for working while claiming benefits.  The overpayment in this case totalled £32,093.25 which must be repaid to the Department.
Also at Belfast Crown Court a 41 year old Belfast woman was sentenced to 20 weeks imprisonment, suspended for two years.  This also followed a conviction for working while claiming benefits.  The overpayment in this case totalled £25,310.14 which must be repaid to the Department.
At Belfast Magistrates Court a 30 year old Newtownabbey woman was sentenced to 12 months probation to run concurrent for each charge.  This followed a conviction for working while claiming benefits.  The overpayment in this case totalled £11,139.43 which must be repaid to the Department.
At Belfast Magistrates Court a 48 year old Belfast woman was sentenced to a total of 120 hours community service to run concurrent.  She also has 12 weeks to pay £80 court costs.  This followed a conviction for working while in receipt of benefits.  The overpayment in this case totalled £17,560.74 which must be repaid to the Department.
At Omagh Magistrates Court a 22 year old Omagh woman was sentenced to 120 hours Community Service and has been ordered to pay court costs of £46.  This followed a conviction for working while claiming benefits.  The overpayment in this case totalled £1,377.57 which must be repaid to the Department.
At Belfast Magistrates Court a 30 year old Belfast woman was fined £500 and ordered to pay court costs of £46.  This followed a conviction for working while claiming benefits.  The overpayment in this case totalled £6,524.18 which must be repaid to the Department.  
At Belfast Magistrate Court a 45 year old Belfast man was fined £450.  This followed a conviction for working while claiming benefits.  The overpayment in this case totalled £2,866.60 which must be repaid to the Department.
Finally at Belfast Magistrates Court a 41 year old Belfast woman was fined £400 and given 26 weeks to pay.  This followed a conviction for failure to declare a non-dependant living in her household while she was claiming benefits.  The overpayment in this case totalled £14,453.00 which must be repaid to the Department.
This brings the total number of convictions since 1 April 2014 to 248
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