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Thursday 8 December 2016

Man told to pay back benefits or face prison

A welfare form. Photo: Mark Condren
A welfare form. Photo: Mark Condren

A MAN who fraudulently claimed almost €15,000 in benefits has been told he must start paying the money back or he faces jail.

Gavin O'Malley, of Hazelcroft Terrace, Finglas, has pleaded guilty at Dublin District Court to claiming Jobseeker's Allowance while he was working, and admitted making a false statement.

Judge John O'Neill said he was furnished with a negative pre-sentence probation report which did not make pleasant reading.

He said O'Malley turned up to one meeting and disputed how much he owed and refused to co-operate with the Probation Service in relation to community service.

The judge heard that in January last year O'Malley had promised to make repayments of €200-a-month, but that was not done.

Judge O'Neill said he had sought the probation report to give O'Malley a chance.

He asked him why he should not jail him, to which he replied: "I don't know, it's up to you judge."

Judge O'Neill told him that this was the third time the case was before the court and he was adjourning it until June, but O'Malley insisted he needed more time.

The judge ordered O'Malley to have a repayments schedule in place when the case resumes in June.

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