A man and a woman were convicted at Antrim Crown Court today for claiming benefits they were not entitled to.
Daniel Doherty (26) of Coolessan Walk, Limavady, claimed Jobseeker’s Allowance totalling £4,430 while failing to declare employment and living together with a partner. He was given a four month prison sentence suspended for 18 months.
Bernadette McShane (33) of Dunlade Mews, Greysteel, claimed Income Support and Housing Benefit totalling £21,920 while failing to declare she was living together with a partner. She was given a six month prison sentence suspended for 18 months.
They are 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