Friday 24 February 2017

Man to be sentenced later for social welfare fraud

Sonya McLean

A DUBLIN man has pleaded guilty to a sample charge of defrauding the State by claiming job seeker’s allowance using another man’s social welfare card.

Martin Foley (52) of Walnut Rise, Courtlands pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to inducing another to make a payment of job seeker’s allowance using a social welfare card in the name of Brendan Foley at a post office on Drumcondra Road Lower on August 30, 2007.

Paul Carroll BL, prosecuting, told Judge Mary Ellen Ring that the charge was one of 63 offences and the Director of Public Prosecutions would require further pleas of guilty. He said the charges related to the use of this one card over a period of approximately four years.

Breffni Gordon BL, defending asked for a lengthy adjournment to allow for the preparation of a medical report. He said his client had a “variety of medical conditions”.

Judge Ring remanded Foley on continuing bail until March 19 when all facts in the case will be heard.

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