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Man given suspended eight month prison sentence for £42k benefit fraud

The man was handed a suspended prison sentence.
The man was handed a suspended prison sentence.

A man has been given a suspended sentence for a £42,000 benefit fraud.

Patrick Flynn of Ballyvaddy Road, Caledon, claimed Income Support and Housing Benefit totalling £42,917 while failing to declare he was living with a partner.

On Monday at Newry Crown Court the 33-year-old was given an eight month prison sentence suspended for two years.

He is also required to repay any outstanding money wrongfully obtained to the Department.

The fraud was uncovered following an investigation by the Department for Communities.

Meanwhile, separately a woman was convicted at Antrim Magistrate’ Court for claiming over £12,000 in benefits she was not entitled to.

Karly McCotter (29) of, Six Mile Water Close, Antrim, claimed Income Support and Housing Benefit totalling £12,701 while failing to declare employment.

She was given a two month prison sentence suspended for 12 months. The fraud was uncovered following an investigation by the Department for Communities.

She is also required to repay any outstanding money wrongfully obtained to the department.

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