Thursday 22 March 2018

Dad and 'scallywag' sons repay €25,000 dole fraud

Eddie Duff Snr (centre) and twins Edward and Graham Duff,
who were remanded on bail for sentencing next week.
Eddie Duff Snr (centre) and twins Edward and Graham Duff, who were remanded on bail for sentencing next week.

Tom Tuite

A 63-YEAR-OLD Dublin man and his "scallywag" twin sons have repaid the State after their involvement in dole fraud worth almost €25,000.

Yesterday, at Dublin District Court, Judge Cormac Dunne adjourned sentencing the three men for one week.

Eddie Duff Snr of South Lotts Road, Ringsend, and his 27-year-old sons Edward and Graham Duff have owned up to their roles in the benefit fraud.

The three men face charges of deception and forgery of dockets at Blanchardstown social welfare office and a number of post offices, two in Dublin and one in Co Meath, on dates from February 2009 until July 2011. The court heard that the benefit fraud totalled €24,719.

Detective Garda Ronan Hunt told the court yesterday that they had been investigated after a tip-off but he agreed that they had voluntarily stopped the fraud before they were arrested.

Det Gda Hunt gave details of how the scam operated. Graham Duff, a carpenter, who has an address at The Waterside, in Ringsend, Dublin, filled out an unemployment form in the name of his twin. He had got a utility bill and new driving licence issued in Edward Jnr's name and engaged in 115 transactions at Blanchardstown social welfare office.


His brother, block-layer Edward Jnr, who also resides at South Lotts Road, was in Australia at the time and later became aware of the fraud.

Graham took €6,129 and their father used €11,260 to pay off a credit union loan previously taken out by his other son. Mr Duff Snr sent €7,329 to Edward Jnr in Australia.

Det Gda Hunt agreed with defence solicitor Dara Robinson that they had been co-operative and the fraud had stopped before they were investigated.

Mr Robinson said the twins planned to set up a business and were actively looking for work.

Mr Robinson said Mr Duff Snr had a good employment history and despite having suffered a stroke still worked part-time. None of the twins' other siblings had been in trouble and the pair were regarded as "the scallywags of the family".

Judge Dunne remanded the three on continuing bail to appear again next Friday for sentencing.

Irish Independent

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