Friday 24 November 2017

Woman accused of unemployed lies in welfare conspiracy

Navan woman Elizabeth Adewoye faces 26 counts
Navan woman Elizabeth Adewoye faces 26 counts

A woman has been sent for trial accused of falsely declaring herself unemployed and conspiracy to commit social welfare fraud.

Elizabeth Adewoye (36) had a book of evidence served on her when she appeared before Blanchardstown District Court on 26 charges.

Judge David McHugh returned her for trial to Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Ms Adewoye, with an add-ress at Beechmount Crescent, Navan, Co Meath, is charged with 25 counts of making false declarations.

She is accused of falsely declaring that she was unemployed for the purpose of establishing entitlement to unemployment assistance.

The offences are alleged to have happened at the GPO on O'Connell Street on 15 dates between May 15 and September 2, 2014.

She is also charged with a further 10 counts of the same offence at Mulhuddart Post Office between September 22 and November 17, 2014.


The 26th charge is that she conspired with others not before the court to defraud the Department of Social Welfare.

That offence is alleged to have happened at an unnamed place within the State on a date unknown between February 20, 2012 and November 26, 2014.

A state solicitor told Judge McHugh that the case was before the court for the service of the book of evidence and that this was ready.

The judge gave the defendant the formal notice that she must provide to the prosecution within 14 days details of any alibi she intends to rely on in the course of her trial.

He ordered disclosure to the defence of the video of Ms Adewoye's garda interview. He also granted free legal aid to cover a solicitor and one junior counsel.

Judge McHugh sent the accused forward to the next sittings of the circuit court on a date next month.

The accused was remanded on bail under existing terms. She has not yet indicated how she intends to plead to the charges, and no details of the alleged false declarations or fraud have yet been stated in court.

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