Benefit cheat claimed more than £70,000

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A sentence of 1,200 hours was imposed on a Limavady woman convicted at Londonderry Crown Court yesterday for claiming benefits amounting to £71,564 she was not entitled to.

Jacqueline Kelly (44) of Anderson Crescent, Limavady claimed Income Support and Housing Benefit totalling more than £70,000 while failing to declare she was living with a partner.

She was given 1,200 hours community service - a sentence which equates to 50 full days.

She is also required to repay any outstanding money wrongfully obtained to the Department for Communities.