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Crumlin man pleads guilty to €19k dole fraud

William Connolly
William Connolly

A DUBLIN man has pleaded guilty to unlawfully claiming more than €19,000 in dole payments.

William Connolly (38) of Old County Glen, Crumlin has entered a guilty plea to the benefit fraud after a prosecution was brought by the Department of Social Protection. 

Prosecution solicitor Edel Haughton told Judge John O'Neill at Dublin District Court that there were six summonses before the court which related to the usual circumstances of working while claiming the Jobseeker's Allowance. The total amount was €19,305 and €1550 has been repaid. 

He is paying back €50 a week and at that rate it will take seven years. The man told the court he hoped to be able to increase payments to €80 a week. The court noted he had no prior criminal convictions and Judge John O'Neill adjourned the case until April so he could monitor the situation.

He said he may still look for a probation report to be obtained.

The offence, on conviction, can also result in a fine of up to €2,500 and a possible six-month sentence in addition to having to repay the social welfare authorities. They can also continue to recoup money owed after criminal proceedings have concluded.