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Thursday 27 June 2019

Woman is facing trial in welfare fraud case

'A garda told the court the DPP was directing trial on indictment on all the charges.' (stock photo)
'A garda told the court the DPP was directing trial on indictment on all the charges.' (stock photo)

A woman is facing trial on multiple counts of welfare fraud.

Susan Foley (66) had the case adjourned at Blanchardstown District Court for the preparation of a book of evidence.

Ms Foley, of St Ronan's Drive, Ronanstown, Clondalkin, is charged with 56 counts of fraud and deception dating from the 2000s.

The alleged offences include dishonestly inducing the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection to pay her jobseeker's and carer's allowances at a post office and bank in west Dublin.

Indictment

A garda told the court the DPP was directing trial on indictment on all the charges.

Judge Paula Murphy adjourned the case to April 25, remanding the defendant on continuing bail.

Applying for free legal aid, Ms Foley's lawyer said she was unemployed and handed in a statement of her financial means. There was no garda objection.

Judge Murphy said the statement "appears to be in order" and granted legal aid.

The accused was not required to address the court and has not yet indicated how she intends to plead to the charges.

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