07/06/2012

£22,096 Benefit Fraudsters Convicted

Three benefit fraudsters have been convicted of claiming a total of £22,096 they were not entitled to.

All three will have to repay the sums to the Social Security Agency.

The biggest sum claimed was by a County Down man.

Downpatrick Magistrates' Court heard that James Gibson (61) of Clea Lough Road, Killyleagh, claimed Income Support and Housing Benefit to a total of £13,010 while failing to declare that he owned capital.

He has been given a six month prison sentence, suspended for three years, and was ordered to pay court costs of £31.

Two women from Coleraine were also sentenced for similar crimes.

Deborah Henderson (46) of Glenesk Gardens, Coleraine, claimed £5,798 of Income Support and Housing Benefit without telling Social Security Agency staff she was working.

As well as being ordered to pay court costs of £43, she has been sentenced to 12 months of probation and 100 hours of community service.

Lorna Doherty (49) of Rosemary Place, Coleraine claimed Rates, Income Support and Incapacity Benefit totalling £3,288 while failing to declare employment. She was given £225 fine and ordered to pay court costs of £70.

(NE)

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