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Man (64) accused of €29,000 illness benefits scam

Man (64) accused of €29,000 illness benefits scam

A 64-YEAR-OLD man has been accused of claiming almost €30,000 in illness benefits payments while working.

Edward Doherty, of Belgard Crescent, Belgard Heights, Tallaght, Dublin faces charges under the Social Welfare Consolidation Act. 

Dublin District Court heard that prosecution was in relation to an alleged €29,000 illness benefit fraud in 2011 and  the previous year.

Judge John Brennan noted he had no legal representation and ordered him to appear again next month to allow him time to consult a solicitor. He has not yet indicated how he will plead.

In the district court the offence can 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.

The court can only consider leaving defendants accused of benefit fraud without a criminal record if all the money has been repaid. 

The social welfare authorities also have a mechanism to continue to recoup found owed money even after a case has been finalised.