Londonderry benefit fraudsters convicted

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Two men were convicted at Londonderry Magistrates Court on Thursday for claiming benefits to which they were not entitled.

David Ashcombe (32) of Violet Street, Londonderry, claimed Jobseeker’s Allowance totalling £3,478 while failing to declare employment.

He was fined £400 and ordered to pay an offenders levy of £15.

Christopher McCann (23) of Swilly Gardens, Londonderry, claimed Jobseeker’s Allowance totalling £1,483 while failing to declare employment.

He was given a two year conditional discharge and ordered to pay court costs of £43.

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