Chef failed to tell dole he had €100k in bank account
AN OUT-OF-WORK chef who received almost €30,000 in dole payments after he failed to mention he had more than €100,000 in the bank is to be sentenced next year.
Gamal Borie (62) pleaded guilty to making a false statement in which he failed to disclose his finances when he made a claim for jobseeker's allowance.
He is being prosecuted by the office of the Minister for Social Protection. It can result in a fine of up to €2,500 and/or a six-month sentence in addition to being made pay back money.
Judge John O'Neill said that he was adjourning the case until April 2016 at Dublin District Court, for Borie to comply with recommendations of the Probation Service.
Solicitor Joseph Maguire, for the Minister, told Judge O'Neill that Borie's case was "a crime of greed" and related to undisclosed finances. He received €102,411 from the sale of a house, had financial means at his disposal and he was not entitled to the €29,360 in benefits he received over three years.
He has begun repaying the money - but still owes the social welfare office €26,031 and at the current rate of repayment it will take nearly 18 years to clear it, Judge O'Neill was told.
The prosecution solicitor said a pre-sentence probation report showed Borie - with an address at Harrington Street, Dublin 2 - did not take full responsibility for his action. However, the judge noted from the defence that Borie now accepted responsibility.
Borie's solicitor said her client, who is now on disability allowance, suffers from arthritis, diabetes and high blood pressure. He was not aware it was his duty to disclose the amount of money in his bank account.
Judge O'Neill had said at an earlier stage that while Borie already had approximately €100,000, he "put his hands into the pockets of Irish taxpayers and took money from them".