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Man used his pal's card to get €23k dole

A DUBLIN man falsely claimed more than €23,000 in jobseeker's allowance by using the social services swipe card of a friend, a court heard.

Michael Cawley (36) who was also legitimately in receipt of jobseeker's allowance, made the claims in the name of Thomas Mongan from January 2009 to May 2011.

Cawley, of Rivermeade Avenue, Swords, pleaded guilty to six counts of stealing money from the Department of Social Protection at Malahide Post Office on dates between February 20, 2009, and May 26, 2011.

He pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to stealing €204 on February 20, 2009 and again on March 24, 2009, €408 on December 12, 2009 and €196 on January 7, 2010.

He also pleaded guilty to stealing €188 on May 17, 2011 and again on May 26, 2011.



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Detective Garda Jonathan Hayes told John Fitzgerald BL, prosecuting, that after a report from the Department of Social Protection, gardai searched Cawley's home and found a card in the name of Mr Mongan.

Cawley told gardai he had met Mr Mongan at a wedding.

He said Mr Mongan said he was going to the UK and Cawley should use his card to sign on.

Detective Garda Hayes said Cawley told them he had a drug problem and had accrued debts as a result.

Cawley pleaded guilty to six sample counts out of a total of 116 charges. The total of the amount stolen over the 116 charges was €23,767.

The court heard that Cawley has 23 previous convictions, including one for falsely using an instrument, one for burglary and five for theft.

Judge Leonie Reynolds adjourned sentencing until October in order to establish if Cawley was serving the suspended portion of a sentence while he committed some of the offences.

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