Mother of five who forged bills in bid to keep her family home spared jail
A woman has been spared jail for using forged documents to try to persuade the High Court to allow her stay in her family home.
Annette Daire (39) presented fraudulent bills addressed to the property to convince the court that it was the family home in the hope they would allow her to remain living there under the Family Home Protection Act.
While the mother of five did live at the property at the time of the High Court hearing, she had only moved in recently.
The property was being seized because her husband owed €700,000 to a finance company.
Daire, of Main Street, Castlerea, Co Roscommon, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to four counts of using fraudulent documents to make a gain between May 29, 2006, and June 19, 2006, at Clooncheevers, Castlerea. She faced a maximum sentence of 10 years.
Judge Martin Nolan said it was an "ill-advised and ill- thought-out" fraud. He said that although it was a serious offence, he believed Daire was at a desperate moment in her life.
He imposed a four-year sentence which he suspended in full after noting Daire was a "good honest woman who succumbed to temptation".
Detective Sergeant Ronan Joyce told Garret Baker, prosecuting, that Daire typed the Clooncheevers address on a label and stuck it to several bills and statements. She then photocopied these documents and handed them into court.
Daire made a full admission when arrested.