Wednesday 20 February 2019

Man posed as brother to claim €40k of Jobseeker's Allowance


Fiona Ferguson

A MAN (62) who fraudulently claimed more than €40,000 of Jobseeker’s Allowance in his brother’s name and was caught as a result of facial imaging technology has had his sentence adjourned.

Owen McKeever pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to fraudulently claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance in the name of Brendan McKeever, between 2009 and 2013.

McKeever, of Durrow Road, Crumlin, Dublin, had been sent forward from the District Court on signed guilty pleas to 50 sample counts of social welfare fraud. The total loss to the Exchequer was €41,871. McKeever was also making a legitimate social welfare claim in his own name at the time.

Judge Karen O’Connor adjourned the sentence for six months to see if McKeever is eligible for community service.

She said she would consider a suspended three-and-a-half-year sentence if McKeever is deemed suitable and if he can repay the State €3,000 every six months, as suggested.

Judge O’Connor acknowledged that his signed guilty pleas saved considerable court time and were a “particularly powerful form of mitigation”.

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