A woman was convicted at Coleraine Magistrates’ Court today for claiming benefits she was not entitled to.
Billie Jo Hargan (36) of Esdale Gardens, Ballymoney claimed Income Support and Housing Benefit totalling £18,386 while failing to declare living with a partner. She was given a nine month prison sentence suspended for two years. The fraud was uncovered following an investigation by the Department for Communities
She is also required to repay any outstanding money wrongfully obtained to the Department for Communities.
Suspected benefit fraud can be reported to the Department for Communities anonymously. Find out more at https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/benefit-fraud