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Dublin man facing jail term after admitting €18K dole fraud

CourtsBy Tom Tuite
Kelly claimed Jobseeker's Allowance during 2012, 2013 and 2014 when he had been working
Kelly claimed Jobseeker's Allowance during 2012, 2013 and 2014 when he had been working

A DUBLIN man has pleaded guilty to fraudulently obtaining more than €18,000 in benefits after he failed to tell social welfare authorities that he had a job.

Paul Kelly, 28, with an address at Drumcliffe Road, Cabra West, is being prosecuted for claiming the Jobseeker's Allowance during periods in 2012, 2013 and 2014 when he had been working.

Solicitor Edel Haughton, for the Department of Social Protection, told Judge John O'Neill at Dublin District Court that the amount received by Mr Kelly was €18,700. She asked for the case to be adjourned until May to see what type of repayment plan has been organised by the accused.

Mr Kelly claimed he has made some cash repayments and that he was prepared to set up a direct debit payment.

He admitted failing to notify the social welfare office he had commenced employment which affected his entitlement to the Jobseeker's Allowance.

The offence that can result in a fine of up to €2,500 and or a six-month sentence in addition to being made pay back the amount of benefits he wrongfully claimed.

Judge O'Neill agreed to adjourn the case and told Mr Kelly: “It would want to be a fairly substantial repayment schedule, the figures are pretty high, it is going on since April 2012, you are in a difficult situation."