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Friday 19 January 2018

Mother fined €2,000 for bogus medical claims

A MOTHER-of-four who admitted wrongfully claiming medical expenses totalling €18,450 was yesterday fined €2,000.

Sharon McGee (41) from Manorland Crescent, Trim, Co Meath, submitted several claims on Revenue's PAYE online tax relief system between September 2008 and October 2009 for medical expenses totalling €18,450.

The claims were for medical expenses she claimed to have incurred during 2005.

The scheme allows taxpayers to claim relief for their medical expenses against their income tax bill.

Ms McGee subsequently received a rebate payment of €6,870.

However, when a Revenue official conducted an audit of her claims, Ms McGee was unable to provide receipts to back them up.

She was only able to produce medical receipts totalling €200 for 2005.

She has since paid the money back in full.

Officials are continuing to crack down on people who submit false medical expenses claims. A nationwide probe into bogus medical expenses claims launched by Revenue in late 2010 has seen 12 convictions handed down to date.

Irish Independent

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