Woman claimed €43k in illegal dole payments

A 33-year-old Cork woman was arrested and charged yesterday with 17 counts of theft related to the fraudulent claiming of over €43,000 of job seekers’ allowance for a period of more than four years.

Sibyl Montague, with an address at Cois Coillte, Tivoli, Cork, was arrested yesterday by Garda Stephen Fuller for the purpose of charging.

Garda Fuller testified at Cork District Court to cautioning Ms Montague.

He said she replied “guilty”, to each of the 17 charges.

The first charge states that in a three-month period from Jul 1, 2008, at the Department of Social Protection, Hanover St, Cork, she stole property, namely a job seekers’ allowance payment of €2,495.42.

The next 15 charges refer to the same amount being claimed for each of the following three-month periods.

The last charge refers to an amount of €3,743 in respect of the same allowance up to a date in Oct 2012.

Inspector Pat Meaney said the Director of Public Prosecutions had directed trial by judge and jury in the case unless there was a plea of guilty, in which case the district court would be acceptable.

Joseph Cuddigan, solicitor, said Ms Montague was pleading guilty to all of the charges.

It is now a matter for Judge Leo Malone to decide on whether he will accept jurisdiction to deal with the case even on the guilty pleas.

Mr Cuddigan asked the judge to adjourn consideration of that issue until Wednesday by which time he said all of the money would be repaid.

It was indicated yesterday that €40,000 had been repaid already and that only €3,000-odd remained to be paid. Mr Cuddigan said that would be done by Wednesday.

Mr Cuddigan urged that the repayment of all the compensation would influence the judge’s decision on whether to accept jurisdiction to deal with it at Cork District Court. The matter was then adjourned until Mar 20.

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