Woman Convicted Over £28,000 Benefit Fraud

A woman has been convicted at Newtownards Magistrates' Court for claiming almost £30,000 in benefits she was not entitled to.

55-year-old Mary McCluskey of Steel Dickson Avenue, Portaferry, County Down, claimed Housing Benefit, Income Support and Carers Allowance totalling £28,360 while failing to declare she was living abroad.

She was given a one year conditional discharge and ordered to pay court costs of £33.

She is also required to repay any outstanding money wrongfully obtained to the Social Security Agency.


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