Ordered to pay back £39,643 in benefits

Symbol of law and justice in the empty courtroom, law and justice concept.
Symbol of law and justice in the empty courtroom, law and justice concept.

A man was convicted at Craigavon Crown Court today (Monday) for claiming benefits he was not entitled to.

Mark McLean (49) of Ballyoran Park, Portadown claimed Income Support, Employment and Support Allowance and Housing Benefit totalling £39,643 while failing to declare capital.

He was given an 18 month prison sentence suspended for three years.

He is also required to repay any outstanding money wrongfully obtained to the Social Security Agency.