Ballymena man convicted of benefit fraud

Ballymena Court

A MAN was convicted at Ballymena Magistrates Court on Thursday for claiming benefits he was not entitled to.

Ryan Martin (30) of Crebilly Road, Ballymena, claimed Jobseeker’s Allowance totalling £355 while failing to declare employment.

He was given a three month prison sentence suspended for 12 months. The fraud was uncovered following an investigation by the Department for Communities.

He is also required to repay any outstanding money wrongfully obtained to the Department.

A defence lawyer said the defendant is employed by a friend doing house removals.

The department says suspected benefit fraud can be reported to the Department for Communities anonymously. Find out more at: www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/benefit-fraud

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