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Dublin man unlawfully claimed almost €20k in dole payments

William Connolly
William Connolly

A DUBLIN man, who pleaded guilty to unlawfully claiming more than €19,000 in dole payments, has been given a chance to avoid a sentence and a criminal record.

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.

Dublin District Court heard there were six summonses before the court for working while claiming the Jobseeker's Allowance. The total amount was €19,305 and €4,600 has been repaid.

At the current rate of repayments it will take more than four years until the money has been recouped by the social welfare authorities.

A probation report was furnished to the court which stated that the defendant was suitable for participation in a restorative justice programme over the next three months. Judge John O'Neill adjourned the case until April.

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 recover money owed after criminal proceedings have concluded.