Saturday 22 October 2016

Chef with €102k in the bank got €30k on dole

Gamal Borie, 62yrs, with an address at Harrington Street, Dublin 2
Gamal Borie, 62yrs, with an address at Harrington Street, Dublin 2

AN OUT-OF-WORK chef who received almost €30,000 in dole payments after he failed to mention he had more than €100,000 in the bank is to be sentenced next year.

Egyptian-born Gamal Borie (62), of Harrington Street, Dublin 2, pleaded guilty to making a false statement in which he failed to disclose his finances when he made a claim for Jobseeker's Allowance.

Judge John O'Neill said at Dublin District Court that he was adjourning the case for a year.

Solicitor Joseph Maguire, for the Minister for Social Protection, told the judge that Borie's case was "a crime of greed" and related to undisclosed finances.

He received €102,411 from the sale of a house, had means at his disposal and was not entitled to the €29,360 in benefits he received over three years.

He has begun repaying the money but still owed the social welfare office €26,031. At the current rate of repayment it will take nearly 18 years to clear.

Borie's solicitor said her client, who is on disability allowance, suffers from arthritis, diabetes and high blood pressure. He was not aware it was his duty to disclose the amount of money in his bank account.

He came to Ireland in 1979 and was employed until 2007. The money he had was from the sale of his house and is gone.

He had to pay a substantial amount to his wife to support his daughter and her education.

Judge O'Neill said at an earlier stage that Borie already had around €100,000, but he "put his hands into the pockets of Irish taxpayers".

However, he noted Borie's health problems and that the Probation Service believes he can engage in some form of employment.

The judge said he was adjourning sentencing for Borie to comply with recommendations of the Probation Service.

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