Pole impersonated brother to steal from State

A POLISH national who impersonated his brother in order to fraudulently obtain his social welfare which he then sent back to him in Poland had his case adjourned.

A POLISH national who impersonated his brother in order to fraudulently obtain his social welfare which he then sent back to him in Poland had his case adjourned.

Mariusz Swiader, 3 Lintown Crescent, Johnswell 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.

His solicitor told the court that the defendant sent the money back to his brother in Poland and did not benefit financally.

“His brother earns 400 euro a month and is willing to make payments of 50 euro per month. My client has a wife and a young son and is on social welfare and they receive 340 euro per week. He has no previous convictions and is of good character and has been in Ireland for four years. He is willing to repay 100 euro per month. Judge David Anderson adjourned the case until July 28.

“They would want to come up with something substantially better than that,” he told the court.