Derry Magistrate’s Court heard today that a man charged with making false representation to the Social Security Agency to the tune of more than £32,000 is paying the money back at the rate of £50 a month.
John Martin Clifford (43) of Flat 1a Meadowbank House in Derry admitted four charges of making false representations to obtain benefits from 2009 to 2011.
The court was told that the total amount was £32,190 and had come about as Clifford had received Jobseekers allowance he was not entitled to.
A defence solicitor said that he was ‘naive’ in not believing that he would have to repay the money.
District Judge Barney McElholm said that the sensible thing for anyone to do was to inform the Social Security Agency if there was any change in circumstances.
He sentenced Clifford to 5 months suspended for two years and the court was told that the money was being paid back at the rate of £50 a month.