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Four Convicted At Coleraine Magistrates’ Court Of Benefit Fraud

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Three women and one man were convicted at Coleraine Magistrates’ Court yesterday for claiming benefits they were not entitled to.

Clare Parke (35) of Knock Eden Avenue, Ballymoney claimed Housing Benefit totaling £4,419 while failing to declare she was living with her landlord. She was given a three month prison sentence suspended for two years.

Elizabeth McLernon (49) of Woodlands Court, Bushmills claimed Income Support, Housing Benefit and Carer’s Allowance totaling £7,387 while failing to declare employment. She was given a four month prison sentence suspended for two years.

Kelly-Ann Mitchell (22) of Drumeen Drive, Garvagh claimed Income Support and Housing Benefit totaling £13,622 while failing to declare she was living with a partner. She was given a four month prison sentence suspended for two years.

David O’Neill (41) of Caman Drive, Ballycastle claimed Employment & Support Allowance totaling £6,681 while failing to declare employment. He was given a four month prison sentence suspended for three years.

They are also required to repay any outstanding money wrongfully obtained to the Department for Communities.

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