Thursday 22 March 2018

Pensioner is accused of €4.5m fraud against HSE

Christine Crowley arriving at Clonakilty Court in Co Cork yesterday. Photo: Michael MacSweeney
Christine Crowley arriving at Clonakilty Court in Co Cork yesterday. Photo: Michael MacSweeney

Olivia Kelleher

A pensioner has appeared in court charged in connection with falsifying patient medical records at two pharmacies in order to make a gain of more than €4.5m from the HSE.

Christine Crowley (71) was charged with 173 counts of deception and false accounting at two pharmacies when she appeared before Clonakilty District Court in west Cork.

Mrs Crowley, of Main Street, Drimoleague, Co Cork, has been accused of falsifying patient accounts for accounting proposes with the intention of making a gain from the HSE.

She was charged with the offences contrary to sections six and 10 of the Criminal Justice and Fraud Offences Act 2001.

Mrs Crowley was brought to Clonakilty District Court yesterday, having been arrested in connection with the alleged offences.

Evidence of arrest, charge and caution was given by note to Judge James McNulty. The alleged offences occurred on dates between 2004 and 2009 at Crowley's and Kerr's pharmacies in Dunmanway.

Solicitor Ray Hennessy applied for bail in the case. Mrs Crowley was granted bail on her own bond of €10,000, with one surety in the sum of €20,000.

The court approved her husband John Crowley as an independent surety.


Mrs Crowley gave an undertaking to the court to keep the peace and be of good behaviour until her next court appearance.

She also agreed not to have contact with anyone connected with the investigation. The accused was also ordered not to contact any of the named individuals on the charge sheet.

The case was adjourned to allow for the preparation of a book of evidence.

Mrs Crowley will appear before Clonakilty District Court again on September 20.

Irish Independent

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