Man claimed €25,000 in illness benefits while working

William Brown
William Brown

A JUDGE has adjourned sentencing a 61-year-old Dublin man who pleaded guilty to claiming more than €25,000 in illness benefits while working.

William Brown with an address Lindisfarne Grove, Clondalkin is being prosecuted by the Department of Social Protection.

Prosecution solicitor Edel Haughton told Judge John O'Neill at Dublin District Court that the total fraud was €25,713 and the accused has repaid €1,010 so far.

He had pleaded guilty at an earlier stage and since then has been making payments of €70 a week from his wages. At the current rate it would take just over seven years until the full amount has been repaid, Ms Haughton said.

Mr Brown said he was not able to pay any more out of his wages and he had no other proposals or assets he could use.

“This a huge amount, before I decide what sanction to impose I am going to look for a probation report,” said Judge O'Neill as he adjourned the case until a date in April.

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 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 recoup money owed after criminal proceedings have concluded.