Sporting leader cheated jobless out of €4k
A sports co-ordinator who defrauded over €6,000 from unemployed people who took his course and from South Dublin County Council has received a suspended sentence.
Michael Browne (37), of Kiltipper Gate, Tallaght, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Courts to a number of counts of deception in 2010.
Garda Ciaran Loughrey said Browne was the co-ordinator of two sports programmes in Tallaght. He said the students were mainly unemployed people and it was funded by both the council and FAS.
He said that in March 2010 the council issued a cheque for €1,458, which had been made payable to a man in payment for the preparation of a safety statement. Browne had provided the council with an invoice in relation to the work.
Garda Loughrey said the cheque was signed by Browne and another man but cashed by Browne. The work had never been carried out and Browne was then fired.
Garda Loughrey said a number of students from Browne's courses reported that he had charged them fees for a course that had actually been paid by FAS.
He said that 21 students came forward and said that Browne had put them under pressure to pay the fees which amounted to over €4,610.
Browne was sentenced to three years' imprisonment, suspended for three years.