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Sunday 8 December 2019

Mum-of-six used fake payslip and licence to get a credit card

Sonia Lee had ‘very significant difficulties’, the court heard
Sonia Lee had ‘very significant difficulties’, the court heard

A mother-of-six obtained a credit card after she applied online using a false payslip and driving licence, a court heard.

Sonia Lee (37) also used 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 previously ordered a probation report after he heard that Lee had "very significant difficulties".

When the matter came before the court again, the judge further adjourned sentencing to a date in November, after he heard that a probation report was still being prepared.

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

Stealing

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

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

Gda Burke said the loss to the bank was €3,000.

The court heard that Lee had no previous convictions.

The defendant also admitted stealing petrol, worth €20, on May 1, 2015, and worth €25, on May 15, 2018.

Defence solicitor Fiona Brennan previously said that the defendant was a separated mother with six young children.

Ms Brennan said that Lee, who was on social welfare, would benefit from working with the Probation Service.

The solicitor said the defendant had "very significant difficulties" and she was doing her best to address them.

Lee was also hoping to address the issue of compensation, the court heard.

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