A MAN from Zimbabwe caught fraudulently claiming social welfare has been ordered by a judge to leave the country before midnight on Monday or face prison.
Victor Thomas (34) was given a 10-month suspended sentence provided he leave this jurisdiction and not return for two years.
He was found guilty at Fermoy District Court in Cork on three charges of dishonesty be deception after fraudulently claiming more than €6,000.
Despite being resident in the UK, Thomas had been "back and forth regularly" to Ireland. He claimed benefit for his son who is resident in the UK, and rent allowance for a Cork apartment, Insp Tony O'Sullivan said. "He was claiming under false assumption he was a lone parent."