Ballymena man ordered to do Community Service after being convicted of benefit fraud

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A Ballymena man who obtained £7,755 in Jobseekers’ Allowance and Housing Benefit whilst failing to declare employment told investigators he had not considered himself to be working as he was on a zero hours contract, the local court heard on Thursday.

William Elder (41) of Barra Drive, Ballymena, admitted offences relating to 2016 and 2017.

Defence solicitor Emma McCann said the defendant had been getting work on an “ad hoc basis”.

He is now off benefits and working full-time and repaying the money.

Deputy District Judge Laura Ievers said they were “serious and significant offences” and said benefit fraud had an “impact” on the general public.

She ordered the defendant to pay back the cash and to do 60 hours of Community Service.

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