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Tuesday 19 November 2019

Woman accused of deserted wife benefit scam sent for trial

Geraldine Doyle is accused of theft by deception
Geraldine Doyle is accused of theft by deception

A 64-year-old woman who is accused of fraudulently receiving thousands of euro in deserted wife's benefit has been sent for trial.

Geraldine Doyle is accused of deceiving others into making the benefit payments over a 12-year period.

She was served with the book of evidence when she appeared on bail at Blanchardstown District Court.

Ms Doyle, of The Village, Porterstown, Clonsilla, is charged with multiple counts of theft and making gain or causing loss by deception.

The alleged incidents took place on various dates between 2004 and 2016.

It is alleged that Ms Doyle induced others to make payments in respect of deserted wife's benefit.

It is estimated that more than €4,000 was involved in the thefts.

Caution

A State solicitor said the book of evidence was ready and had been served on the accused.

Ms Doyle will go forward for trial to the present sittings of Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Blanchardstown District Court was told there are 20 charges in the book of evidence.

Judge Paula Murphy gave the accused the formal alibi caution.

Ms Doyle has not yet indicated how she is pleading to the charges.

She was assigned a solicitor on free legal aid after the court heard that she was in receipt of disability allowance.

An application for a senior counsel was deferred by Judge Murphy to the circuit court.

Judge Murphy also ordered that a video copy of an interview which gardai conducted with Ms Doyle be forwarded to her legal team.

The accused was remanded on bail in her own bond to appear before the circuit court on a date at the end of March.

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