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Benefit Fraud Weekly Review – 11 April 2014

Suspended Sentence for Belfast man

At Belfast Crown Court a 52 year old Belfast man was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment, suspended for two years.  This followed a conviction of working whilst claiming benefits.  The overpayment in this case totalled £31,279.07 which must be repaid to the Department.
At Antrim Crown Court a 44 year old Ballymena woman was sentenced to six months suspended sentence for two years, to run concurrently on two offences.  This followed a conviction of having undeclared income.  The overpayment in this case totalled £19,042.15 which must be repaid to the Department.
At Magherafelt Magistrate Court a 58 year old Magherafelt man was sentenced to four months imprisonment on two counts, suspended for two years.  This followed a conviction of having undeclared capital.  The overpayment in this case totalled £17,506.07 which must be repaid to the Department.
At Belfast Magistrate Court a 51 year old Belfast man was sentenced to three months imprisonment, suspended for 18 months.  This followed a conviction of having a working partner whilst claiming benefits.  The overpayment in this case totalled £6,892.75 which must be repaid to the Department.
At Bangor Magistrate Court sitting at Newtownards a 49 year old Bangor woman was sentenced to a two year Conditional Discharge and two fines totalling £400.  This followed a conviction of having undeclared capital.  The overpayment in this case totalled £7,359.88 which must be repaid to the Department.
Again at Magherafelt Magistrate Court a 21 year old Magherafelt woman was sentenced to a 18 month Conditional Discharge.  This followed a conviction of wrongful encashment of benefit.  She declared she had not received the original payment of the benefit thus receiving a duplicate payment.  Investigations determined she had indeed cashed both original and duplicate payments. The overpayment in this case totalled £53.45 which must be repaid to the Department.
Also at Magherafelt Magistrate Court a 40 year of Magherafelt man was sentenced to 160 hours Community Service and an 18 month Conditional Discharge.  This followed a conviction of working whilst claiming benefits.  The overpayment in this case totalled £2,379.52 which must be repaid to the Department.
At Antrim Crown Court a 27 year old Coleraine woman was sentenced to 115 hours Community Service.  This followed a conviction of living together as husband and wife.  The overpayment in this case totalled £22,390.08 which must be repaid to the Department.
This brings the total number of convictions since 1 April 2014 to 13
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