Maghera man claims over £3,500 in benefits he was not entitled to


A south Derry man who dishonestly obtained £3,667 in benefits to which he was not entitled, was given a Conditional Discharge for three years when he appeared at Magherafelt Magistrates Court.

Mervyn Wilson, 38, of Crewe Road, Maghera, admitted making a false declaration with a view to obtaining Jobseekers Allowance on dates in July and September 2013 and January 2014.

A prosecuting lawyer said that £444 had been repaid and an arrangement has been put in place for defendant to make repayments.

A defence lawyer said Wilson had a fall at work and intended to use the insurance claim to pay off the overpayment.