Cork man allegedly claimed pensions for his dead parents for 33 years, court hears

A MAN in his 50s allegedly claimed pensions for his dead parents for 33 years, a court heard on Tuesday.

Don O’Callaghan, of Churchfield Green in Cork city, claimed benefits for his deceased mum and dad amounting to hundreds of thousands euros, it was alleged.

The accused appeared before Cork District Court

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The accused appeared before Cork District Court

The 58-year-old appeared before Cork District Court today where he was charged with theft following a garda investigation.

Garda Mick Nagle, who is based at the Department of Social Protection, gave evidence of arrest, charge and caution.

O’Callaghan was charged with 73 sample counts dating back over three decades.

68 CHARGES

Some 68 charges relate to theft while five refer to false documentation in support of the fraudulent claims.

Garda Nagle said the DPP had directed trial by indictment at Cork Circuit Criminal Court and also consented to the case being sent forward from the District Court on a signed plea of guilty.

Eddie Burke, defence solicitor, told Judge Olann Kelleher that his client would sign a plea of guilty to all of the charges against him.

Judge Kelleher sent the case forward to the Circuit Court on October 26 for sentencing.

The theft charges state that the accused man claimed pension payments in respect of his parents pretending they were still alive when in fact they were dead.

No background evidence was given at the court hearing on Tuesday.

O’Callaghan was remanded on bail pending his next court appearance.

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