Wednesday 24 January 2018

Woman accused of social welfare fraud

Leventica Dragusin. Photo: Caroline Quinn
Leventica Dragusin. Photo: Caroline Quinn

Eimear Cotter

THIS is the young woman accused of trying to defraud the State of a social welfare payment.

Leventica Dragusin (21) was allegedly in possession of a false or altered Romanian passport at the time.

Judge David McHugh remanded Dragusin on bail to a date in July for DPP's directions on the charges.

The accused, of Pinebrook Heights in Blanchardstown, appeared before Blanchardstown District Court charged with using a false or altered Romanian passport at the Social Welfare Office, Snugborough Road in Blanchardstown.

The alleged crime, contrary to the theft and fraud offences act, took place on June 6 last.

Ms Dragusin is also accused of dishonestly trying to induce social welfare staff to release a payment of €217.80 to her.

Garda Maciej Makowski objected to bail, saying he had no documentation to prove Ms Dragusin's identity.

Defence solicitor Mairead White said the accused would abide by any bail conditions.

Judge McHugh remanded Ms Dragusin on bail in her own bond of €100.

As part of her bail terms, she must reside at Pinebrook Heights and notify gardai of any change of address.

She must also sign on four times a week at Blanchardstown Garda Station.

Gda Makowski said Ms Dragusin is facing the possibility of further charges, and he asked for the matter to be adjourned for four weeks for DPP's directions on the charges.

Ms Dragusin has not yet indicated how she will be pleading to the charges.

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