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Sunday 23 April 2017

Mum who admitted €34k fraud avoids jail

Judge Melanie Greally said the behaviour seemed to be at odds with how she had conducted her life in general Stock picture
Judge Melanie Greally said the behaviour seemed to be at odds with how she had conducted her life in general Stock picture

A mother-of-five who fraudulently claimed more than €30,000 in social welfare benefits in the name of her late cousin has been given a three-year suspended sentence.

The fraud came to light in 2015 when Jane Fay (64) applied for a public services card in her own name and the facial recognition system matched her to her cousin's claim. She had stopped the fraudulent claims the previous year.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard the full amount will be repaid, with more than €22,000 already returned.

Fay was in financial difficulties when she took up a job during the 1980s using her late cousin's name so she would not lose her deserted wife's benefit.

Redundant

She became unwell in 2010 and received illness benefit in her cousin's name. She was then made redundant and received Jobseeker's Allowance in the false name.

Fay, of Bawnlea Avenue, Tallaght, admitted making a fraudulent claim at AIB, Main Street, Tallaght, on April 22, 2010.

She had previously entered guilty pleas to 38 similar charges related to the fraudulent claims made between April 2010 and September 2014. The total loss amounted to €34,781.

She had no previous convictions.

Judge Melanie Greally said the behaviour seemed to be at odds with how she had conducted her life in general.

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