Social welfare fraud case

Dundalk District Court

Social welfare fraud case

A south Armagh woman accused of social welfare fraud had €5,000 in bail money returned to her at Dundalk district court last week after she handed back her passport to gardai.

Judge Deirdre Gearty heard that the money had been lodged to allow the defendant travel abroad.

Elena McGenity (44) with an address at Carrickbroad Road, Killeavy, County Armagh is charged with making a false declaration between November 21st 2008 and June 24th 2016.

She also accused of nine counts of stealing job seekers allowance at Castletown Post Office, Dundalk.

The offences are alleged to have occurred between specific two periods during those years.

At the vacation sitting of Dundalk District Court last Wednesday, Judge Gearty was told the case was listed for the defendant to hand back her passport to gardaí.

After it was confirmed that had happened, the judge directed that €5,000 be returned to the accused, who had lodged the bail money to allow her travel out of the country.

The case was adjourned for two weeks and the Defence solicitor informed the court that her client will be applying to have her bail terms amended on the next occasion, as the investigating garda - who is currently abroad, will have returned by then.