Judge orders arrest of alleged dole fraudster

Donatas Gricius
Donatas Gricius

A judge has ordered the arrest of a man who allegedly claimed €26,000 in dole payments while he worked delivering leaflets.

Lithuanian national Donatas Gricius, 29, with an address at Porters Gate Crescent, Clonsilla, Dublin 15, is being prosecuted by the Department of Social Protection for getting the dole for almost three years while he was working.

In a summary of the evidence, Dublin District Court had heard earlier that the total fraud was allegedly €26,774 and to date €1,833 has been repaid.

It was alleged that from September 2012 until May 2015 he was working for a publicity mailing company and failed to notify the social welfare office. Mr Gricius has not yet indicated how he will plead.

Judge John Brennan had held that the case was too serious for the district court and refused jurisdiction, meaning the case must  go to the circuit court which can impose a sentence of up to three years for social welfare fraud offences.

The accused was due to be served with a book of evidence today but did not show up for his case.

His solicitor Joe Coonan told Judge Brennan that he tried to ring his client but he keeps getting a foreign dial-tone, adding "it is not a good sign".

Judge Brennan issued a bench warrant for his arrest.