Ex-garda reservist accused of €30,000 benefit fraud
A FORMER member of the Garda Reserve has appeared in court charged with social welfare fraud of thousands of euro in jobseeker's allowance.
Charles Eyombo, a native of Cameroon, allegedly committed the fraud "over a number of years", Limerick District Court was told.
The amount of money involved is believed to be approximately €30,000.
Mr Eyombo (38), of The Courtyard, Bru na Gruadan, Castletroy, Limerick, is charged with one count of dishonestly and by deception inducing the Minster for Social Protection by declaring his circumstances of seeking jobseeker's allowance had not changed since January 29, 2013.
The offence is contrary to Section Six of the Criminal Justice Theft and Fraud Offences Act, 2001 and is alleged to have occurred at the Department of Social Protection, Dominick Street, Limerick, on February 20, 2013.
Mr Eyombo is alleged to have wrongfully declared himself as not being in receipt of income.
Mr Eyombo's solicitor, Ted McCarthy, told the court the matter was "in for directions" from the DPP.
Garda Sergeant Donal Cronin, of Henry Street garda station, said he was seeking "a further remand to obtain directions from the DPP".
He told Judge Eugene O'Kelly he was "seeking a lengthy remand period", as it was "an extremely complex investigation".
"The allegations of fraud go back over a number of years, which is causing the delay," Sgt Cronin added.
The case was first brought before Limerick District Court on July 30 this year, when Mr Eyombo was remanded on bail to October 16. Judge O'Kelly remanded Mr Eyombo on continuing bail yesterday to reappear before Limerick District Court on February 19, 2014.