Man claimed disability while working

A Ballina man who claimed disability benefit while he worked on building sites, where he used a different name and PPS number, was before Ballina District Court this week.

Michael McNulty, Belderrig, Ballina, was employed in the construction sector on various dates from January 2007 to 2008. McNulty used his brother-in-law’s name and PPS number while he worked. During this time more than €6,000 worth of benefit was paid to the defendant, who had failed to notify the Department of Social Protection about his change of circumstances.

The court heard that an arrangement has been put in place for McNulty, who still receives benefit, to pay back €15 a week.

Judge Aeneas McCarthy adjourned the matter to May 10 to see if the payments are being made.

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