GARDAI received an anonymous call that a County Limerick man was working in Adare Manor while claiming social welfare, Kilmallock Court, heard.
Patrick Mulvihill, aged 32, of Lodge Avenue, Main Street, Kilfinane pleaded guilty to eight sample theft charges at Kilmallock Post Office.
Sergeant Michelle Leahy said on January 26, 2015, gardai received an anonymous call that Mr Mulvihill was working in Adare Manor while claiming social welfare. The offences occurred from December 8, 2014 into January, 2015.
“The total amount claimed while he was working was €3,920. He is repaying €28.20 per week. He has no previous convictions,” said Sgt Leahy.
Mr Mulvihill’s solicitor, Ruairi O’Donnell said his client was receiving job seekers benefit but when he got employment, “he foolishly kept on claiming it”.
“He was in dire financial straits. He has four children aged 11, 10, four and one and he and his partner are expecting another baby in November. He was made homeless and had to live in a car with his kids for a week.
“He is paying arrears to the council as well. He apologises for his behaviour. He was in very poor financial circumstances and still is,” said Mr O’Donnell.
Judge Marian O’Leary adjourned the case to allow him to continue repaying the money owed.