Northern Ireland

Belfast man in court over dead father benefits swindle

Belfast Magistrate's Court
Image caption Belfast Magistrate's Court heard of alleged benefits swindle

A man used his dead father to cheat the Social Security Agency out of nearly £40,000, a Belfast court has heard.

David Goudie, 35, of Bramcote Street, Belfast, faces five charges connected to an alleged benefits swindle.

It is alleged that he obtained more than £16,700 over three years in Disability Living Allowance although the intended recipient - his father - was deceased.

He was returned for trial after the judge ruled there was a case to answer.

Mr Goudie also faces similar alleged offences relating to more than £13,600 in incapacity benefit, over £4,300 in carer's allowances, and a claim for more than £4,000 in income support.

He is accused of four counts of obtaining property by deception.

A fifth charge centres on a claim that he used a false instrument with intent - a Social Security Agency form - purportedly signed by the dead man.

He declined to say anything in response to the charges.

Belfast Magistrate's Court District Judge Fiona Bagnall granted a prosecution application to have him returned to the Crown Court for trial on a date to be set.

Mr Goudie was released on his own bail of £500.