Wednesday 17 January 2018

Father and twin sons admit to €25,000 dole fraud

Tom Tuite

A 62-YEAR-OLD Dublin man and his twin sons have pleaded guilty to a dole fraud worth almost €25,000.

Eddie Duff Snr of South Lotts Road, Ringsend, and his 27-year-old sons Edward and Graham Duff owned up to their roles in the benefit fraud when they appeared at Dublin District Court today.

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 2008 to 2011.

They made no reply when charged the court had heard last month and today Judge Cormac Dunne was told that they were admitting that they committed the offences.

The court heard that the benefit fraud totalled €24,719 and was planned by Mr Duff Snr who got €11,260, which he used to repay a loan.

Edward Duff junior, who also resides at South Lotts Road, was in Australia at the time and had €7,329 sent to him there.

The remaining money was kept by his twin Graham Duff, who has an address at The Waterside, in Ringsend, Dublin.

The court heard that “using a false driving licence in his brother's name”, Graham Duff, with the assistance of his father supplied documents in support of the benefits claims.

Judge Dunne was also told that they were ready to reimburse the money. Sentencing was adjourned until a date in September.

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