Falsely claimed cheque not received

After falsely claiming she had not received her benefit cheque a 
Lurgan woman received a replacement cheque which she also cashed, Craigavon 
Magistrates Court 
heard last Wednesday.

Thirty-one-year-old Elizabeth Henry, Monbrief Walk, Lurgan, admitted making a false 
declaration to obtain benefit on April 24, 2012.

She was sentenced to two months in prison, 
suspended for two years, and ordered to pay 
£19 costs.

The court heard that the defendant had reported that she had not 
received her benefit cheque and a replacement one for the amount of £127.90 was issued.

Mr Conor Downey, representing the 
defendant, said that at the time she had been experiencing physical and mental health difficulties.

He added that she had been experimenting with various substances 
but had now desisted from that.

Imposing the suspended sentence District Judge, Mr Mervyn Bates, 
said there were now four entries on her 
record for dishonesty.