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£40,000 benefits fraudster avoids time in prison

By Ashleigh McDonald

Published 17/02/2016

A woman who claimed just under £40,000 in benefits she wasn't entitled to has been handed a 12-month suspended prison sentence
A woman who claimed just under £40,000 in benefits she wasn't entitled to has been handed a 12-month suspended prison sentence

A woman who claimed just under £40,000 in benefits she wasn't entitled to has been handed a 12-month suspended prison sentence.

Rosena Doyle was overpaid a total of £38,930.60 in income support and housing benefit after claiming money over a six-year period on the grounds her husband was no longer living with her.

Belfast Crown Court heard that when her case was investigated it emerged that despite what she said, her husband had been living at the marital home on Belfast's Rosevale Street.

The 53-year-old admitted one charge of making a false declaration to obtain income support, and two charges of failing to declare a change in circumstance to the Social Security Agency in respect of both income support and housing benefit.

She subsequently admitted to the overpayment - which occurred over a period from October 2008 to November 2014 - and is currently making repayments of £80 a month.

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