14/10/2011

Benefit Frauds 'Jailed' For False Claims

Three benefit frauds from across NI have been handed down gaol sentences for defrauding the Government of money to which they were not entitled.
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James Logue (45) of Main Street, Castlederg was convicted at Strabane Magistrates' court after he claimed Housing Benefit totalling £2,057 by making a false statement of occupation. He was given a four-month prison sentence suspended for two years. Michelle Rafferty (33) of Lower Rogan Manor, Newtownabbey claimed Income Support and Housing Benefit totalling £36,569 while failing to declare employment. She was given a two-year prison sentence suspended for three years.

Clifford Craig (49) of Glenmore Gardens, Ballymoney claimed Housing Benefit totalling £15,719 while failing to declare earnings. He was given a 15-month custodial sentence suspended for two years.

Also this week, Teresa Duffy (25) of Lisnafin Park, Strabane was given 120 hours community service and ordered to pay court costs of £19 for wrongful encashment of Income Support totalling £225.

All are also required to repay any money wrongfully obtained to the Social Security Agency.

(BMcC/CD)

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