Five month sentence for social welfare fraud

A POLISH national who impersonated his brother in order to fraudulently obtain his social welfare which he then sent back to him in Poland was sentenced to five months in prison at the last sitting of Kilkenny District Court.

A POLISH national who impersonated his brother in order to fraudulently obtain his social welfare which he then sent back to him in Poland was sentenced to five months in prison at the last sitting of Kilkenny District Court.

Mariusz Swiader, 3 Lintown Crescent, in the city admitted to eleven fraud-related offences on dates between May and December 2009.

The court heard that in May 2010 social welfare staff reported the incident to detectives and stated that they believed that the defendant was signing and collecting social welfare payments for her brother in Poland. The sum obtained totalled 5,358.40 euro.

On a previous court date the defendant offered to make a monthly payment of 100 euro and said that his brother would pay 50 euro a month.

This offer was rejected by the judge who said that the defendant would ‘have to come up with something substantially better than that’.

Last Thursday the defendant’s solicitor informed the court that a revised sum of 300 euro per month could be paid by the defendant and 100 euro by his brother.

Judge John Coughlan remarked that the defndant ‘would go to jail today unless he comes up with the money’. “These offences took place over six months ago and the money has not been paid back,” he said.

The court heard that the defendant was 31 years old and is the father of a two-year-old child. He is currently on social welfare. Judge Coughlan sentenced him to five months in prison and imposed a fine of 500 euro.