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Man admits claiming €25,000 in illness benefits while he was working

Man admits claiming €25,000 in illness benefits while he was working

A 61-YEAR-OLD Dublin man has pleaded guilty to claiming more than €25,000 in illness benefits while he was working.

William Brown, with an address Lindisfarne Grove, Clondalkin, appeared at Dublin District Court after a prosecution was brought by the Department of Social Protection. He told Judge John O'Neill he is trying to pay it back at a rate of 50 a week and he confirmed he was admitting the offence.

The case was adjourned until September with the judge telling him, “hopefully you can keep the repayments going, it will be to your advantage if you do”.

Earlier Judge O'Neill heard there were six counts before the court and it was alleged Mr Brown had been claiming illness benefit while he was working. The court heard he received €25,713.

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.