Limerick Circuit Court
A RETIRED bus driver, who fraudulently cashed an insurance policy, worth more than €40,000, by forging his wife’s signature has been given time to sell a site so he can pay her back.
Brendan Lynch, aged 71, who has an address at Kilmurry Lodge, Elm Park, Castletroy, pleaded guilty to two charges relating to offences which occurred on dates in February and March 2008.
Detective Garda Brian Cunningham told Limerick Circuit Court the defendant and his now ex-wife took out a joint insurance policy with Hibernian Life and Pensions in 1988 and that he cashed it in without her knowledge in 2008.
Mrs Lynch only became aware of this in early 2014 when she was making enquiries in relation to a separate insurance policy.
Judge Tom O’Donnell was told while Mrs Lynch did not pay into the policy, she was entitled to receive half of the €40,655.94 which was paid out.
Handwriting experts confirmed that signatures – purporting to be those of Mrs Lynch – on the form requesting payment and the cheque were fake.
Det Garda Cunningham said the defendant and his wife, who were married in 1967, had lived together in Birr, County Offaly, until they separated towards the end of 2012.
Mr Lynch, who has no previous convictions, used the money to clear debts he had.
In a victim impact statement, Mrs Lynch described the offence as a “very grave breach of trust”.
Pat Barriscale BL, said his client was “very forthright” with gardai when questioned about what happened.
He told the court the defendant plans to sell a site in the midlands in order to pay his ex-wife her share of the policy.
The case was adjourned to October.