A “DOWN on his luck” graphic designer has admitted forging high-quality copies of free social welfare travel passes which could have been used on public service transport throughout the country.
Clive Keogh (39) will be sentenced in December after he pleaded guilty at Dublin District Court to forgery and possessing false instruments including social welfare travel passes and ID.
Garda Donal Donoghue told Judge Cormac Dunne that on July 29 last, he searched the man's room at a hostel in Harcourt Street and found three fake travel passes which he at first believed to be genuine because of their high quality. The bogus cards had separate names and addresses on them. It was also believed the ID cars were sold along with the travel passes.
He also found equipment for making the cards including glue, special paper and plastic covers.
They also bore the logo of the department of social welfare, the court heard.
The travel passes were also identical to real one, the Garda said.
In a follow-up search at another address used by Mr Keogh, more equipment was found including a printer.
Gda Donoghue said that when arrested Mr Keogh, who currently lives at an address at Ushers Island, in Dublin, handed over a fake travel pass in his own name.
He also made full admissions when arrested and told gardai that someone had asked him if he could make the fake travel passes for them.
Judge Dunne also heard that the travel passes could have been used on buses, Luas trams and trains throughout Ireland. Mr Keogh had two prior criminal convictions for assault and criminal damage for which he had been sentenced to 12 months probation last year.
Defence solicitor Peter Connolly said Mr Keogh, who is on bail, was a graphic designer who had lost his means and had been going through a divorce.
Judge Dunne said the man was “down on his luck” and asked if he had been specifically approached by criminals because of his graphic design skills but he also noted that the 39-year-old had pleaded guilty at the first available opportunity
He adjourned the case until December to allow time for a pre-sentence probation report on Mr Keogh to be prepared.