A Dublin mother of 6 has been given the maximum 3 year jail sentence for fraudulently claiming €229,000 in social welfare payments.
Mary Connors from Cloonmore Park in Tallaght pleaded guilty to 9 sample charges of failing to notify the Revenue of an increase in her means between 1996 and 2010.
She wailed ‘Oh my God please’ as she received the maximum available sentence of 3 years in jail.
For 14 years the 36-year-old mother of 6 claimed over €500 a week in job seekers allowance on behalf of her and her husband Gerry.
All the while she failed to disclose several bank accounts in which lodgments of nearly €1.25 million were made from 1992 until 2010 when the accounts were frozen.
In total she fraudulently claimed €229,000 in welfare payments.
She has since paid it all back.
Judge Martin Nolan said while he took no pleasure in it he felt he had to impose a custodial sentence in order to send a message to people not to defraud welfare.