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Separate benefit fraud convictions for three men

By Adrian Rutherford

Three men have been convicted of benefit fraud after appearing in court in separate incidents.

Francis Teague appeared at Omagh Magistrates Court accused of claiming £9,899 in benefits he was not entitled to.

The 64-year-old, of Letteree Road, Dromore, claimed Jobseeker's Allowance while failing to declare an occupational pension. He was given a three-year conditional discharge.

In the second case, Steven Weldon was convicted at Belfast Magistrates Court for wrongly claiming £18,812 in benefits.

The 32-year-old, of Roden Street, Belfast, claimed Jobseeker's Allowance and Housing Benefit while failing to declare employment. He was given 60 hours' community service and 12 months' probation.

Separately, Desmond Hood was convicted at Belfast Magistrates Court for claiming £10,251 in benefits.

Hood (64), of Skegoneill Avenue, claimed Jobseeker's Allowance and Income Support while failing to declare an occupational pension. He was given a two-year conditional discharge.

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