Thursday 21 November 2019

Woman sent for trial accused of €11k welfare fraud charges

Susan Foley is charged with 56 counts of fraud and deception
Susan Foley is charged with 56 counts of fraud and deception

A Dublin woman has been sent for trial charged with multiple counts of welfare fraud totalling more than €11,000.

Susan Foley (66) had a book of evidence served on her when she appeared in Blanchardstown District Court.

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

Ms Foley, of St Ronan's Drive, Ronanstown, Clondalkin, is charged with 56 counts of fraud and deception in the 2000s and 2010s.

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.

A State solicitor said the Director of Public Prosecutions was directing trial on indictment on all charges and consenting to the case being sent forward to the next sittings of the circuit court.


Judge McHugh gave Ms Foley the formal notice that she must provide any alibi details to the prosecution within 14 days.

He also ordered the prosecution to furnish the defence with copies of the accused's garda interview video.

He remanded her on bail, under existing terms, to appear in the circuit court on a date in July. The judge also extended free legal aid following an application by defence solicitor Wayne Kenny.

Previously, the court heard Ms Foley was unemployed and a statement of her financial means was submitted to the court.

There was no garda objection to legal aid or bail.

The accused was not required to address the court during the hearing and has not yet indicated how she intends to plead to the charges, which are under the Theft and Fraud Offences Act.

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