€9,200 Social Welfare fraud
Published 25/02/2014 | 05:38
A NEW Ross man who claimed a Social Welfare overpayment of €9,262.50 was given a five month suspended sentence at Wexford District Court.
Sean Lennon, 62 Woodbine Close, was convicted of failing to notify the Minister for Social Protection regarding changes to his circumstances.
State solicitor Kevin O'Doherty said Lennon pleaded guilty to the offence and the case was adjourned for sentencing.
Mr O'Doherty said the total overpayment was €9,262.50, but repayments of €2,884.28 were made.
'He put in place a voluntary arrangement to repay money. The money is being recouped through his Social Welfare payments,' Mr O'Doherty said.
The court heard that Lennon is a 46-year-old father of three who has arthritis. He got work in October but is currently unemployed.
Mr O'Doherty said €3,600 remains outstanding.
Judge Gerard Haughton said €9,262.50 was a substantial amount and imposed a five month prison sentence, which he suspended for one year on condition that Lennon keep the peace.
New Ross Standard