A FORMER member of the Garda reserves has appeared in court charged with social welfare fraud totalling almost €37,000.
A native of Cameroon, Charles Eyombo, 38, residing at The Courtyard, Brú na Gruadán, Castletroy, is accused of making a false declaration on his jobseekers’ allowance and child benefit application earlier this year.
Limerick District Court heard that the Department of Social Protection made complaints to garda about possible fraud involving the accused.
The defendant was charged with making the false declaration at the Department of Social Protection in Dominic Street in Limerick on January 6 last by declaring his family circumstances had not changed.
It is alleged that he claimed €36,955.50 in additional benefits for several years.
Sergeant Donal Cronin, Henry Street garda station, said directions from the Director of Public Prosecutions had yet to be received and described the case as “extremely complex”.
He said the investigating garda was requesting a lengthy adjournment for the preparation of the book of evidence.
“It’s a case about alleged fraud, going back a number of years”, Sgt Cronin added.
The accused is a former member of the Garda Reserve and was based in Shannon in County Clare.
Judge Eugene O’Kelly remanded the accused on continuing bail to appear again at Limerick District Court on February 19 of next year.