Man who claimed €15,000 under false name spared jail sentence

The court heard Kansa had claimed €14,931 in dole payments
The court heard Kansa had claimed €14,931 in dole payments

A DUBLIN man, who fraudulently claimed almost €15,000 in social welfare payments using another name, has been spared a jail sentence.

Alain Kansa with an address at Huntstown Court, Mulhuddart, Dublin had been working when he was getting the dole using a false name, a court heard.

He was fined €750 after he was prosecuted by the Department of Social Protection.

The Department brought him to court to face charges of making false and misleading statements and failing to notify them that he was employed in 2009 and 2010.

Judge John O'Neill heard at Dublin District Court that he had pleaded guilty to the offences.

Prosecution solicitor Joseph Maguire told the court that Kansa had claimed €14,931 and has paid back €450 to date.

Mr Maguire said the accused used a false name to make the claims but he was employed under his own name.

The judge heard that the father-of-two was not present for his hearing but had entered a guilty plea at an earlier stage when the court had asked for details of his finances to be furnished.

Judge O'Neill noted the man has to pay maintenance and rent and that the defendant had no prior criminal convictions.

He proceeded to deal with the case in his absence and ordered that the fine must be paid within three months otherwise he would be jailed for 21 days in default.

The offence that can result in a fine of up to €2,500 and,or a six-month sentence. The social welfare authorities have powers to recoup money owed after a case has been finalised.