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Northern Ireland woman McKee convicted of £102,000 benefit fraud

A Belfast woman has been convicted of claiming over £100,000 of benefits she was not entitled to.

Jennifer McKee (39) of Edith Street, claimed income support and housing benefit totalling £102,083 while failing to declare she was living with a partner. She was given a two-year prison sentence suspended for two years.

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 for Communities.

Meanwhile two others have also appeared in court over claiming money they were not entitled to.

Morrell Jamison (49) of Edenderry Park, Banbridge claimed £13,812 in carers allowance totalling while failing to declare employment. Jamison was fined £250 and ordered to pay a defender levy of £15.

He has since repaid the money in full.

And Lina Rupeikiene (42) of Mill Road, Kilkeel was given an absolute discharge after claiming £10,531 in housing benefit while failing to declare she was living with a partner. She has also repaid the cash.

Suspected benefit fraud can be reported to the Department for Communities anonymously here.

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