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Monday 5 December 2016

Woman allegedly stole €6k social welfare

Iwona Gajewska from Willans Avenue in Ongar leaves Blanchardstown District Court.
Iwona Gajewska from Willans Avenue in Ongar leaves Blanchardstown District Court.

A woman accused of stealing more than €6,000 in social welfare is facing trial on the charges.

Iwona Gajewska (30) allegedly used a forged stamp to get the social welfare, which was lodged into a bank account in Poland. In total, Ms Gajewska is charged with stealing €6,185 over a seven-month period last year.

Judge David McHugh adjourned the matter to March for the service of the book of evidence.

The accused - with an address at Willans Avenue in Ongar - appeared before Blanchardstown District Court charged with more than 20 counts of theft of €188. The offences allegedly took place at AIB, Westend Retail Park in Blanchardstown on dates between January and July 2015.

Ms Gajewska is also charged with using a stamp, which she knew to be a false document, on dates between January 5 and July 21, 2015.

Stamps

In relation to the charges, Garda Ofelia Hough claimed that false stamps were used to obtain social welfare.

Gda Hough said sMs Gajewska was identified as a suspect from AIB CCTV. Gda Hough alleged the accused stole a total of €6,185, which was lodged into an account in Poland.

Judge McHugh refused jurisdiction to deal with the matter at District Court level and adjourned the case for the book of evidence.

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