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Saturday 20 October 2018

Man accused of decade-long €4k welfare fraud to face trial

Niitte Nyangwile (50) was remanded on continuing bail
Niitte Nyangwile (50) was remanded on continuing bail

A man is facing trial accused of social welfare fraud over a 10-year period.

Niitte Nyangwile (50) is charged with a series of thefts of welfare payments and rent allowance, totalling nearly €4,000.

The case against him was adjourned when he appeared at Blanchardstown District Court.

The accused, of Buirg An Ri Glen, Lucan, will be sent forward for trial when a book of evidence is ready.

He is charged with multiple counts of theft of jobseeker's allowance, social welfare payments and rent allowance.

Mr Nyangwile is also charged with making false representations to or concealing facts from the Department of Social Protection for the purposes of obtaining payments.

Allegations

The offences are alleged to have happened on dates between 2004 and 2014, at the department offices in Clondalkin and the Naas Road, as well as post offices in Clondalkin and at Parkgate Street.

A State solicitor said the DPP was directing trial on indictment and seeking an adjournment for the service of a book of evidence.

The court heard the allegations involved social welfare fraud.

Defence barrister Ciaran MacLoughlin applied for free legal aid. He filed a statement of the accused's financial means.

Garda Sergeant Geraldine McManigan said the accused was "under the threshold" to qualify and the judge granted legal aid, saying the accused had signed a declaration and he had no reason to disbelieve it.

He remanded the defendant on continuing bail to appear in court again next month.

Mr Nyangwile has not yet indicated a plea to the charges which are under the Theft and Fraud and Social Welfare Consolidation Acts.

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