Belfast Telegraph

£29k benefits cheat was a partner in a property firm

By Ashleigh McDonald

A Belfast man claimed housing benefit while he was part-owner of a property company, a court heard.

Paul Magee (46), from Larkspur Rise in the west of the city, was handed a nine-month sentence, which was suspended for two years, after appearing in court on four charges of defrauding the State.

Belfast Crown Court heard the overpayment made to Magee amounted to £29,672 between November 2004 to December 2012.

Prosecuting barrister David McClean said that the four charges, which Magee pleaded guilty to, were in relation to income support and housing benefit.

The prosecutor told the court that while Magee's benefit claims were initially legitimate, he then purchased properties without notifying the authorities.

The court also heard that Magee had already made voluntary repayments from his current benefits - DLA and employment support allowance - amounting to £1,210.

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