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Six convicted of benefit fraud at Coleraine court

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Six people were convicted at Coleraine Magistrates’ on Friday for claiming benefits they were not entitled to.

Richard Leighton (33) of Brook Place, Coleraine claimed Jobseeker’s Allowance and Housing Benefit totalling £2,113 while failing to declare employment. He was given a three month prison sentence suspended for one year.


Cassandra McClelland (30) of Mosside Gardens, Ballymoney claimed Income Support and Housing Benefit totalling £3,129 while failing to declare she was living with her partner. She was given a two year conditional discharge.

John Smallwoods (69) of Greenmount Road, Coleraine claimed Pension Credit and Rates totalling £5,036 while failing to declare employment. He was given a two year conditional discharge.

Simon Kyle (25) of Millbrooke Park, Ballymoney claimed Income Support and Carer’s Allowance totalling £4,627 while failing to declare employment. He was given 140 hours community service.

Margaret McAuley (51) of Stroanshesk Park, Ballycastle claimed Jobseeker’s Allowance and Housing Benefit totalling £2,550 while failing to declare employment. She was given a four month prison sentence suspended for three years.

Stacy McGinnis (24) of Bridge Street, Kilrea claimed Jobseeker’s Allowance and Housing Benefit totalling £3,153 while failing to declare employment. She was given a 100 hour community service order.

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

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