Northern Ireland man avoids jail over £59k benefit fraud
A man who claimed more than £59,000 in benefits he was not entitled to has been given a suspended prison sentence.
Victor Macleod, of Rathmore Road, Londonderry, appeared at the city's Crown Court yesterday.
The 64-year-old claimed £59,484 in Income Support and Housing Benefit while failing to declare a pension.
He was given a four-month prison sentence suspended for 12 months, and ordered to repay any outstanding money wrongfully obtained.
Separately, a man was given a four-month prison sentence suspended for two years at Craigavon Magistrates Court for claiming over £11,000 in benefits he was not entitled to.
Andrew Savage (34) of Killysorrell Road, Dromore, claimed Jobseeker's Allowance and Housing Benefit totalling £11,160 while failing to declare employment.
Savage is also required to repay any outstanding money wrongfully obtained.