The Social Security Agency Financial Investigation Unit obtained a Confiscation Order to the value of £6,163 against Richard Caldwell (46) of Bovevagh Road, Dungiven at Londonderry Crown Court today
The defendant claimed Incapacity Benefit and Income Support on the basis of being unfit for work and having no savings or other source of income.
During his claims to benefit the defendant failed to declare that he had been working. Due to his failure to report his true circumstances he received £8,426 in benefits he was not entitled to over a 12 month period.
On 17 June 2015 the defendant pleaded guilty to two charges of failing to declare his true circumstances.
At the confiscation hearing the Court granted a Confiscation Order in the amount of £6,163 with a six month prison sentence in default of non-payment. He has until 19 July 2016 to satisfy the order.