Developer accused of claiming dead father’s benefits

Bizarre incident: Limerick District Court

Bizarre incident: Limerick District Court


A PROMINENT developer was granted bail after he appeared in court charged with fraudulently claiming almost €30,000 in entitlements following his father’s death.

Peter Stritch, aged 48, of Bellisle Clonlara, County Clare faces a total of 25 charges under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice (theft and fraud offences) Act.

He is accused of stealing monies from the Department of Social Protection over a ten month period between September 4, 2012 and April 25, 2013.

It is alleged the money that Mr Stritch stole 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.

Most of the offences are alleged to have happened at Garryowen Post Office while a number are alleged to have occurred at the O’Connell Street branch of Ulster Bank.

In addition to stealing money from the Department of Social Protection, Mr Stritch faces three charges of stealing money from Canada Life Assurance Ltd.

Those offences are alleged to have happened on December 24, 2012, February 12, 2013 and April 3, 2013 and relate to cheques totalling €409.85.

The total amount of money allegedly stolen by Mr Stritch was €28,960.35.

At Limerick Court, Judge Eugene O’Kelly was told the Director of Public Prosecutions had been consulted and that she has elected for trial on indictment.

Sergeant Adrian Whelan sought an adjournment of the case until after the summer recess to facilitate the preparation of a book of evidence.

There was no objection to bail and the case was adjourned to September 9, next.


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