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Man accused of taking relative's pension


Reginald O’Donnell is alleged to have received €10,000

Reginald O’Donnell is alleged to have received €10,000

Reginald O’Donnell is alleged to have received €10,000

A Dublin man who allegedly collected a relative's pension for 20 years following his death has been sent forward for trial.

Over two decades, Reginald O'Donnell (62) is alleged to have illegally obtained more than €10,000 from the Department of Social Welfare.

It is alleged the fraud began in January 1988, and continued for 23 years until it was detected in January 2011.

Mr O'Donnell, of York Street, Dublin 2, appeared before Blanchardstown District Court charged with 93 counts of false pretence and theft.

It is alleged that Mr O'Donnell, with intent to defraud, falsely pretended Thomas O'Donnell, who was deceased and the intended recipient of the pension payments, was in a position to receive them.

The first incident, where Mr O'Donnell allegedly obtained €79.23 in cash, took place at An Post, North Circular Road, Dublin 7, on January 22, 1988.

The alleged incidents all took place at the North Circular Road branch of An Post. The cash allegedly obtained amounts to more than €10,000.


A State solicitor said that the book of evidence was ready and had been served on Mr O'Donnell, who goes forward to the next sittings of Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Judge David McHugh gave Mr O'Donnell the formal alibi caution.

Mr O'Donnell has not yet indicated a plea to the charges.

Defence solicitor Shalom Binchy and one junior counsel were assigned by Judge McHugh on free legal aid.