Saturday 25 May 2019

Music teacher used dual identity to claim €175,000 welfare

Daniel Daudet lived in luxury
Daniel Daudet lived in luxury

A French music teacher who rented a Dublin penthouse apartment with its own private swimming pool had dual identities so he could work and claim social welfare, a court has heard.

Daniel Daudet (40) obtained a PPS number under the name Alexander Daude in 2002 and used it to claim €175,000 in allowances on dates up to 2015.

He got a PPS number using his real name a year later and between March 2011 and May 2012 claimed social welfare payments under both aliases.

Garda Ian Abbey revealed that the penthouse Daudet shared with his husband and occasional Airbnb guests was rented at €3,000 a month.


During the trial in which Daudet contested 783 charges of social welfare fraud, the jury heard he altered his ID card to apply for the Alexander Daude PPS number using Tippex, a printer and scanner. Daudet, of Baltrasna House, Spencer Dock, was convicted at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court last November of using a false instrument in Dublin on July 10, 2002, and of using a false French national identity card within the State on August 15, 2008.

He was found guilty of 720 further charges of fraudulently claiming social welfare payments from August 2002 to August 2015.

The jury returned unanimous guilty verdicts on these charges but disagreed on another 61 counts. Daudet has no previous convictions and had pleaded not guilty to all 783 charges.


Gda Abbey said the offending came to light when the Department of Social Protection flagged that Alexander Daude was providing unsatisfactory information and an online search of his name revealed a LinkedIn profile for Daniel Daudet, with matching photograph and birthdate. Gda Abbey agreed with Blaise O'Carroll SC, defending, that Daudet had been repaying €100 a week since 2016 and that he currently owed €167,800.

Mr O'Carroll said Daudet was an excellent teacher and a "kind and gentle" person involved in the Ballyfermot community. Counsel said his conviction would result in him being struck off.

Judge Melanie Greally adjourned the matter to consider her sentence and remanded Daudet in custody.

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