Saturday 25 January 2020

Mum who got credit card with false documents avoids prison

Sonia Lee
Sonia Lee

A mum-of-six who obtained a credit card after she applied online using false documents has received a six-month suspended sentence.

Sonia Lee (37) used a false payslip and driving licence, as well as a false letter from an insurance company and a bank statement when applying for the credit card.

The loss to the bank was €3,000, a garda said.

Judge David McHugh imposed a six-month sentence, which he suspended for a period of two years.

Lee, of Cappagh Avenue, Finglas, had previously admitted a number of counts of using a false instrument before Blanchardstown District Court.

Detective Garda Sean Burke had said that Lee made an online credit card application on March 29, 2016.


Gda Burke said a number of false instruments were used, including an AIB payslip, a letter from an insurance company, an Irish driver's licence and a bank statement, all in another name.

The court heard that Lee had no previous convictions.

The defendant also admitted stealing petrol, worth €20, on May 1, 2015 and petrol, worth €25, on May 15 last year.

The matter was before the court for sentencing after Judge McHugh ordered a probation report.

Defence solicitor Fiona Brennan said Lee, a mother-of-six, had "considerable domestic responsibilities".

Ms Brennan said the probation report was very thorough, and Lee, who was an intelligent woman, had shown considerable insight into the crime.

Ms Brennan said Lee had hoped to address the issue of compensation, but she and her partner were both unemployed and compensation was "not necessarily a reality".

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