Solicitor jailed after forging insurance forms in fraud bid
A SOLICITOR has been jailed for a year after he admitted forging health insurance claim forms in an attempt to defraud a US health insurance company of more than $19,000 (€14,600).
Patrick Enright (52), of Glenlarehan, Castleisland, Co Kerry, and his brother, Denis (48), a farmer from Knockardtry, Castleisland, earlier pleaded guilty to nine counts of forgery, with intent to defraud US-based health insurance Nylerin of more than $19,000.
Tralee Circuit Criminal Court heard that between 1988 and 1994, and prior to setting up his own legal practice, Patrick had worked as assistant manager at Nylerin in Castleisland, a subsidiary of New York Life that processed health insurance claim forms for its US parent.
Patrick and Denis Enright admitted forging the signatures of six people on nine separate health insurance claim forms, and also to forging the signature of a non-existent, New York-based physician, Dr John Coyle.
When the fraud was carried out, Patrick was no longer working at Nylerin. He still had keys and alarm codes for the building, which he used to plant fraudulent claims forms in the 'in boxes' of claims officers.
When approved cheques were issued by Nylerin, they were sent to a post office box in New York held in the fictitious doctor's name, then forwarded to post offices in Limerick and later Tralee to be collected by the Enrights.
At yesterday's sentencing hearing, Judge Carroll Moran said there had been a serious breach of trust by Patrick. He sentenced him to 12 months in prison and refused leave to appeal. Noting Denis's lesser role, he imposed a 12-month sentence, suspended for two years.