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Welfare cheat stole €43k in brother's name

A DUBLIN man will be sentenced today for fraudulently claiming more than €43,000 in social welfare using his brother's identity.

The court heard that Martin Foley claimed roughly €188 in Job Seeker's Allowance every week from his local post office using his brother's social welfare card.

Foley, who has a chronic alcohol addiction, was also claiming disability allowance during the same period. His brother, Brendan Foley, has been living in the UK since the mid 1980s and knew nothing of the fraud.

Foley (53), of Walnut Rise, Courtlands, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to nine counts of deceptively inducing another to make a payment of Job Seeker's Allowance, using a social welfare card in the name of Brendan Foley at a post office on Drumcondra Road Lower and the Social Welfare Office on Kings Inns Street, between August 2007 and November 2011.

He also pleaded guilty to filling out a false ML10 Identity form in the name of Brendan Foley at Whitehall Garda Station on March 5, 2011.

Judge Donagh McDonagh will sentence him today.

Detective Garda Martin Doohan previously told the court that an investigation was launched following a complaint by the Department of Social Protection in April 2010.

Det Garda Doohan said Foley had handed in a number of forms in his brother's name to claim Jobseeker's Allowance, including a birth cert, FAS cert and Social Services Card.

He said that Foley collected the money on a weekly basis – which ranged from €180 to €190, and also signed on at the Social Welfare office on Kings Inns Street every three months.

The court heard that a total of €43,300 was collected.