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Northern Ireland man avoids jail over £59k benefit fraud

By Adrian Rutherford

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.

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