Friday 22 June 2018

Woman (44) found not guilty of wrongfully claiming the dole

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Tom Tuite

A woman has been found not guilty of charges of unlawfully claiming the dole after failing to disclose she had got married.

Marie Moynihan (44) of Farmers Bridge, Tralee, Co Kerry, but formerly of Mount Prospect Grove, Clontarf, Dublin was prosecuted by the Department of Social Protection but was cleared following her trial before Judge John Brennan at Dublin District Court.

Evidence from the defence was given stating that she had told the social welfare authorities that she had got married.

She had pleaded not guilty to the charges which were under the Social Welfare Consolidation Act.

In an outline of the evidence, Judge John Brennan was told by the prosecution that it was alleged she obtained €29,986 over three years and repaid about €2,000 to the social welfare office via a direct debit.

It was alleged that she was claiming the Jobseeker’s Allowance. She got married in 2012 and her husband was in employment and that would have dis-entitled her to the payments.

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