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At Londonderry Crown Court a 60 year old Cookstown man was given an 18 month Conditional Discharge.  This followed a conviction for working while in receipt of benefit.  The overpayment in this case totalled £21,858.84 which must be repaid to the Department.

At Ballymena Magistrates Court a 52 year old Larne woman was sentenced to five months imprisonment suspended for 18 months to run concurrently on each of two charges.  This followed a conviction for having an undeclared non dependant living with her.  The overpayment in this case totalled £12,181.15 which must be repaid to the Department.

Also at Ballymena Magistrates Court a 55 year old Ballymena woman was sentenced to three months imprisonment suspended for 12 months to run concurrently on each of four charges and ordered to pay £28 costs within ten weeks.  This followed a conviction for working while in receipt of benefits.  The overpayment in this case totalled £4,932.92 which must be repaid to the Department.

At Craigavon Magistrates Court a 30 year old Craigavon man was ordered to complete 150 hours Community Service and ordered to repay the full amount of the overpayment of £2,077.01 within 26 weeks.  This followed a conviction for working while in receipt of benefits.

At Belfast Magistrates Court a 43 year old Carrickfergus man was ordered to complete 150 hours Community Service.  This followed a conviction for working while in receipt of benefits.  The overpayment in this case totalled £8,468.21 which must be repaid to the Department.

At Londonderry Magistrates Court a 54 year old Londonderry woman was ordered to complete 100 hours Community Service.  This followed a conviction for working while in receipt of benefits.  The overpayment in this case totalled £5,969.28 which must be repaid to the Department.

At Newry Magistrates Court a 47 year old Newry man was ordered to pay a £100 fine on each of three charges and an offenders levy of £15.  This followed a conviction for working while in receipt of benefits.  The overpayment in this case totalled £4,111.66 which must be repaid to the Department.

This brings the total number of convictions since 1 April 2016 to 261

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