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OAP accused of stealing €10k by collecting dead relative's pension

AN ELDERLY man accused of stealing more than €10,000 in cash from the State by falsely collecting a dead relative's pension has been sent forward for trial.

Richard Wilds (67) is alleged to have committed the thefts over a 14-month period in 2007 and 2008.

He is facing trial by judge and jury in the Circuit Court where the penalties are potentially greater after the DPP ruled that the matters were too serious for the District Court.

The accused, of Fortlawn Park in Clonsilla, appeared before Blanchardstown District Court charged with 41 counts of theft, contrary to Section 4 of the Criminal Justice (Theft & Fraud Offences) Act.



Caution

It is alleged that Wilds falsely obtained a State contributory pension from the Post Office in Fassaugh Avenue in Cabra, on a number of dates between October 2007 and November 2008 and took amounts ranging from €262 to €241.

A State solicitor said the book of evidence was ready and had been served on the accused, who goes forward to the present sittings of Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Judge David McHugh gave Wilds the alibi caution, warning him he had 14 days to provide to the State details of anyone he proposed calling as a witness in his defence.

Defence solicitor Conor Ruane and one junior counsel were assigned on free legal aid.

The judge also ordered that a video copy of an interview which gardai conducted with Wilds be furnished to his legal team.

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