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Jobless man on disability benefit faces 63 dole fraud charges

A 52-YEAR-OLD unemployed man facing 63 dole fraud charges was served with a book of evidence yesterday and returned for trial.

Martin Foley, of Walnut Rise, Courtlands, Dublin 9, who gets a disability benefit, has been accused of fraudulently claiming social welfare payments in the name of another man over a four-year period.

He was charged in May with deception under Section Six of the Theft and Fraud Offences Act.

It is alleged that over several years he claimed job seekers allowance by producing a social welfare card in the name of another man at a post office on Drumcondra Road, in Dublin.

The charges also alleged that he filled out unemployed assistance details using the same man's name, at North Cumberland St, in Dublin.

Today he was served with a book of evidence when he appeared at Dublin District Court. Judge Bryan Smyth was told that the DPP had directed that Mr Foley was to be returned for trial to the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Judge Smyth informed him that if he intended to use an alibi in his defence he must give full details to the prosecution within 14 days. Mr Foley was granted legal aid and remanded on bail on his own bond of E500.

His case will be listed during Dublin Circuit Criminal Court's next term which begins in October.

He has not yet indicated how he intends to plead to the charges.