Four convicted of benefit fraud

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Four men were convicted of benefit fraud at Craigavon Magistrates’ Court today (Tuesday).

Jose Da Silva (52) of Joseph Street, Portadown claimed Jobseeker’s Allowance and Housing Benefit totalling £13,414 while failing to declare employment. He was given a three month prison sentence suspended for two years.

Paschal Mulholland (22) of Woodside Hill, Portadown claimed Jobseeker’s Allowance totalling £286 while failing to declare employment. He was given a 12 month conditional discharge.

Daniel Treanor (24) of Victoria Gardens, Lurgan claimed Jobseeker’s Allowance totalling £445 while failing to declare employment. He was given an 18 month conditional discharge.

Gareth Donald (46) of Moeran Park, Portadown claimed Jobseeker’s Allowance and Housing Benefit totalling £4,692 while failing to declare employment. He was given a two year conditional discharge.

All are also required to repay any outstanding money wrongfully obtained to the Department for Communities.