A PROMINENT developer has pleaded guilty to unlawfully claiming thousands of euro in entitlements following his father’s death.
This Wednesday, Peter Stritch, aged 49, of Bellisle Clonlara, County Clare pleaded guilty to six sample charges under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice (theft and fraud offences) Act.
He had faced a total of 25 charges relating to offences on dates between September 4, 2012 and April 25, 2013.
The money that Mr Stritch stole from the Department of Social Protection and Canada Life Assurance Limited consisted of pension entitlements and other allowances which were payable to his father, Michael Stritch, who died in July 2012.
The offences before the court relate to amounts ranging from €432 to €6,692 while the total amount of money stolen was around €30,000
A sentencing date will be fixed in October as Mr Stritch is currently receiving treatment for cancer.