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Cork man charged with claiming dead parents’ pensions for 33 years

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A man in his fifties has been charged with theft amounting to several hundred thousand euro after he claimed pensions for his dead mother and father over 33 years.

Don O'Callaghan of Churchfield Green in Cork city appeared before Cork District Court today where he was charged with theft following a Garda investigation.

Garda Mick Nagle, who is based at the Department of Social Protection, gave evidence of arrest charge and caution.

Mr O’Callaghan (58) was charged with 73 sample counts dating back over three decades. Of the counts, 68 relate to theft whilst five refer to false documentation in support of the fraudulent claims.

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Garda Nagle said the DPP had directed trial by indictment at Cork Circuit Criminal Court whilst also consenting to the case being sent forward from the district court on a signed plea of guilty.

Eddie Burke, defence solicitor, told Judge Olann Kelleher that his client would sign a plea of guilty to all of the charges against him. Judge Kelleher sent the case forward to the Circuit court on October 26 for sentencing.

The theft charges state that the accused man claimed pension payments in respect of his parents pretending they were still alive when in fact they were dead.

No background evidence was given at the court hearing today. Mr O'Callaghan was remanded on bail pending his next court appearance.


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