FOUR CONVICTED AT BELFAST COURT OF BENEFIT FRAUD

Laganside Court houseFOUR people were convicted at Belfast Magistrates’ Court yesterday for benefit fraud.

Lindsay Baxter (32) of Manor Street, Belfast claimed Employment and Support Allowance and Jobseekers Allowance totalling £12,039 while failing to declare employment.

She was given a three month prison sentence suspended for two years.

Jamie Lee Beggs (34) of Bowness Street, Belfast claimed Income Support totalling £10,681 while failing to declare employment.

She was given a three month prison sentence suspended for two years.

Steven Mahon (27) of Tullymore Walk, Belfast claimed Income Support and Jobseekers Allowance totalling £4,179 while failing to declare employment.

He was given a three month prison sentence suspended for two years.

Joseph Officer (51) of Ardoyne Walk, Belfast claimed Income Support and Housing Benefit totalling £12,525 while failing to declare employment.

He was given a three year prison sentence suspended for two years.

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

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