Belfast Telegraph

Benefits cheat has sentence cut

By Staff Reporter

A man convicted of claiming £21,798 in benefits he was not entitled to has had his sentence reduced. William McKeown (69), of Laghey Corner, Dungannon, claimed Pension Credit and Housing Benefit of £21,798 while failing to declare capital.

He was convicted in August and given a three month prison sentence. Following a sentencing appeal, McKeown was given a two year suspended prison sentence. McKeown is also required to repay any outstanding money wrongfully obtained.

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