Man is ordered to do 150 hours of unpaid work after appearing at Ballymena Court for benefit fraud

A cleaner who admitted benefit fraud relating to £7,480 has been ordered to do 150 hours of unpaid work.

Robert Rainey (49), whose address was given on the charge sheet as Braid Court in Ballymena, also has to pay the money back.

He appeared at Ballymena Magistrates Court in connection with four charges.

He made false declarations on dates in 2013, 2014 and 2015 with a view to obtaining Jobseeker’s Allowance.

The fourth charge was that between 2013 and 2014 he failed to declare a change of circumstances to the Social Security Agency.

A defence lawyer said the defendant had initially been working for less than an average of 16 hours a week but after getting into “financial difficulties” he “turned a blind eye” to the benefit fraud.

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