Two men were convicted at Coleraine Magistrates Court yesterday for claiming benefits they were not entitled to.

Trevor Ashfield (54) of Macfin Road, Ballymoney, claimed Employment and Support Allowance totalling £4,116 while failing to declare employment. He was given a four month prison sentence suspended for two years.

Christopher Doherty (29) of Greenway Drive, Coleraine, claimed Job Seeker’s Allowance totalling £3,190 while failing to declare employment. He was given a three month prison sentence suspended for two years.

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

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