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Employee accused of £20k fraud from Department of Social Development

By Paul Higgins

A civil servant accused of using false identities to defraud almost £20,000 from the Department of Social Development (DSD) has been sent for trial.

Tina Clements faces six charges, after she was accused of using different names to apply for 19 hardship loans for herself.

They include fraud through the abuse of her position, fraud by false representation, and transferring and converting criminal property between November 21, 2011 and May 5, 2012.

Appearing in the dock of Armagh Magistrates Court, 41-year-old Clements, from Castle Street in Armagh, confirmed she understood the charges against her.

Alongside her in the dock was 43-year-old Philip Sterritt from Neills Villas, Loughgilly in Armagh, who faces a single charge of converting £7,050 of criminal property on the same dates.

Neither objected to the preliminary enquiry and District Judge Paul Copeland said he was satisfied the pair had a case to answer. He sent them to Newry Crown Court for arraignment on April 1 and released them both on their own bail of £500.

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