Belfast Telegraph

Men received thousands in benefit frauds

By Adrian Rutherford

Two men have appeared in court in separate cases of benefit fraud.

One, Josiah Morrison, was convicted at Belfast Magistrates Court of claiming more than £10,000 in benefits he was not entitled to.

The 75-year-old, of Hopewell Place, Belfast, claimed pension credit and housing benefit totalling £10,207 while failing to declare employment. He was given a four month prison sentence, suspended for two years.

In a separate case, Darach Hanley (25), of Falcarragh Drive, Belfast, claimed jobseeker's allowance, employment and support allowance and housing benefit totalling £13,808 while failing to declare employment. He was given 200 hours of community service.

In both cases, the fraud was uncovered following an investigation by the Department for Communities.

Both men were told to repay any outstanding money wrongfully obtained.

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