Man admits €20k dole fraud
A DUBLIN man is awaiting sentence after he pleaded guilty to unlawfully obtaining almost €20,000 in dole payments while he was working.
William Connolly, 38, of Old County Glen, Crumlin, wrongfully claimed €19,305 in Job Seeker's Allowance payments while he was working, Dublin District Court heard.
Solicitor Edel Haughton for the Department of Social Protection told Judge John O'Neill that none of the money has been repaid so far by the defendant.
Mr Connolly confirmed he was admitting the offence and he told Judge O'Neill he is going to start paying back €50 a week but he also hopes to be able to increase that amount. Judge O'Neill said he was adjourning the case until September to monitor his progress.
The offence 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.
The social welfare authorities have a mechanism to recover money owed to them.