A woman who signed-on for her sister’s social welfare payment while she was in prison was ordered to perform 200 hours last week instead of a 10 month sentence.
Twenty-three year old Emma Flanagan with an address at Maple Close, Dundalk admitted signing on at the Social Welfare Offices on St. Alphonsus Road, Dundalk on April 5 last year and cashing a cheque for e114at the Quay Street post office on the same day.
Dundalk district court heard last Wednesday that e100 could be paid towards compensation for the defendant’s bail money and the balance of €14 in compensation, was also in court.
The mother of two also admitted stealing two mobile phones from Tesco at the Long Walk Shopping Centre on the 12th of October last year, but both items were recovered.
The court previously heard the defendant had no previous convictions, and her sister was in custody at the time and she was concerned that her social welfare would be stopped.