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Woman (30)is charged with €8,000 benefit fraud

A BALBRIGGAN woman who is alleged to have stolen illness and maternity benefit amounting to just over €8,000 has been sent forward for trial to Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Alina Onofrei (30) is charged with the theft of €2,043 worth of illness benefit between August 3, 2009 and October 17, 2009 at Bremore Pastures Drive in Balbriggan.

She is also charged with the theft of €5,974 worth of maternity benefit on dates between October 12, 2009 and February 27, 2010 at Allied Irish Bank, Grafton Street in Dublin.

She is further charged with having a false Lithuanian passport at Bremore Castle Gate, Hamlet Lane in Balbriggan.

The defendant is also facing a charge of forging a letter from Bracken Clinic on January 1, 2009 at a place unknown.

witnesses Sergeant Tony Tighe served Onofrei with the book of evidence at Balbriggan District Court and she has now been sent forward to the present sitting of the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Judge Patricia McNamara gave Onofrei the alibi caution warning her she has 14 days to provide to the State details of anyone she proposes calling as witnesses in her defence.

She remanded Onofrei on bail to appear before the Criminal Courts of Justice on July 31.