Convicted of benefit fraud


A man has been convicted at Ballymena Magistrates’ Court for claiming benefits he was not entitled to.

Melvyn Wright (53) of Victoria Park, Ballymena, claimed Jobseeker’s Allowance and Housing Benefit totalling £2,397 while failing to declare employment.

He was given a three-month prison sentence suspended for a period of 12 months.

He is also required to repay any outstanding money that he wrongfully obtained back to the Department for Communities.