Friday 30 September 2016

Fraudster claimed €30k benefits from Lanzarote

Tom Tuite

Published 24/07/2015 | 02:30

A Dublin man fraudulently claimed almost €30,000 in benefits for three years when he was living in Lanzarote
A Dublin man fraudulently claimed almost €30,000 in benefits for three years when he was living in Lanzarote

A Dublin man fraudulently claimed almost €30,000 in benefits for three years when he was living in Lanzarote, a court has heard.

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Gary Mulvany (37), who now resides at an apartment in Summerhill, Dublin 1, has been convicted of benefit fraud in a prosecution brought by the Department of Social Protection.

The offence can result in a fine of up to €2,500 and/or a six-month sentence.

Dublin District Court heard he failed to tell social welfare authorities that from July 2008 until May 2011 he was not living in the country and continued claiming disability allowance.

Judge John O'Neill said Mulvany had a childhood "that no youngster should have gone through". He noted the 37-year-old had co-operated with the Probation Service and he adjourned sentencing to next year.

Defence solicitor Brian Keenan told Judge O'Neill his client is a person "with a long history of offending going back 15 years".

He said the case relates to Mulvany failing to notify the social welfare office that he had been living in Lanzarote. Mr Keenan said that Mulvany had previously been a heroin addict and has HIV.

Judge O'Neill was told Mulvany got €29,000 after he moved to the Spanish island and "did not realise he should have notified the department".

Mulvany had contested the charge but was found guilty.

Irish Independent

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