Man who claimed €47K in dead aunt's pension avoids jail
A man who stole almost €47,000 from the State by claiming his dead aunt's pension has avoided jail because he "informed on himself" and paid back all the money.
David Manning (45) of Brighton Terrace, Monkstown, Dun Laoghaire, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to 16 charges of theft of various cash sums from Blackrock Post Office between 2010 and 2013.
Manning had been his elderly aunt's carer and told gardai he had not worked for a number of years as he suffered with chronic depression. He had used the money to pay for his aunt's funeral, medical bills and nursing home costs.
Judge Martin Nolan sentenced him to three years in prison which he suspended in full.