Thursday 18 January 2018

State to get more time in ‘complex’ dole fraud case

TOM TUITE

THE State has been granted more time to complete a book of evidence in the case of a man facing 63 counts of dole fraud.

Martin Foley (52), 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.

Judge Grainne Malone heard at Dublin Dublin District Court that the DPP had directed that he should be tried on indictment in the Circuit Court.

Today, at Mr Foley's second court appearance state solicitor Des Hogan told Judge Malone at the district court that more time was needed to complete the book of evidence. He said it was not ready because the case is “a complex social welfare matter” involving 100 incidents and 63 sample charges.

Judge Malone agreed to grant the prosecution further time and remanded Mr Foley to appear again on a date in September.

Legal aid was also granted to him today after the judge heard that is in receipt of a disability benefit.

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

A person found guilty of deception is liable on conviction on indictment to a fine or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 5 years, or both.

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