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Tuesday 16 September 2014

Fraudster must pay back dole

Published 09/08/2014 | 00:00

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Sligo courthouse

A 34-year-old man who drew his brother's dole has to pay back what he took, out of compensation due from an accident.

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Damien Clancy agreed at Sligo Circuit Court that a sum of €6,875.34 he drew plus a €1,200 fine be paid out of a pending settlement cheque.

Defending solicitor Gerard McGovern said he didn't wish to state in open court what the amount Clancy was due to receive.

However, the solicitor said the compensation was not a significant amount but it would cover what Clancy was ordered to pay by the court.

Clancy, of Caltragh Crescent, pleaded guilty at a previous sitting to drawing his brother Christopher's dole when he was in England.

Clancy admitted charges of forgery and theft at the Social Welfare Office, Cranmore Road on dates from January to May 2011.

He was in possession of his brother's welfare card when he was stopped.

Clancy said he only drew Christopher's Jobseekers' Allowance on five occasions.

He said he sent the money by Western Union to his brother in England.

Clancy lived with his partner and four children and had a number of previous convictions.

Mr McGovern said the settlement cheque for Clancy was due to be issued in about four weeks.

The solicitor undertook that the €6,875.34 plus a fine of €1,200 would be discharged from it.

Judge Anthony Hunt also imposed a two-year sentence, suspended for two years.

Clancy was also ordered to undertake 200 hours of community service in lieu of a two year jail term.

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