A 63-YEAR-OLD man and his "scallywag" twin sons have been spared jail terms over a dole fraud worth almost €25,000.
Eddie Duff Snr of South Lotts Road, Ringsend, Dublin, and his 28-year-old sons Edward and Graham have repaid the money.
The three men admitted charges of deception and forgery of dockets at Blanchardstown social welfare office and a number of post offices on dates from February 2009 until July 2011.
Detective Garda Bryan Hunt agreed that they had voluntarily stopped the fraud before they were arrested.
Det Gda Hunt said Graham Duff, a carpenter, who has an address at The Waterside in Ringsend, Dublin, filled out an unemployment form in the name of his twin who was in Australia at the time.
Mr Duff Snr was fined €3,000 and given a five-month suspended sentence.
Judge Cormac Dunne ordered Graham to carry out 200 hours' community service in lieu of a 10-month jail term.
He sentenced Edward Jnr to carry out 160 hours of community service in place of an eight-month prison sentence.