Donegal man accused of wrongly claiming Jobseekers’ benefits

A 55-year-old man has been sent for trial accused of defrauding the Department of Social Protection of €3,700.

John Harley, of Gortnabrade, Carrigart appeared at Dungloe District Court today on 19 counts accusing him of defrauding the Department at the Public Service Centre in Gweedore Rd, Dungloe between August 27, 2009, and March 8th last year.

In 16 summonses, John Harley was accused of inducing job-seeker’s payment of €196 each time, using the name Eugene Harley. In the remaining three he was accused inducing payments of sums of €188 each time.

The court was told that, in accordance with instructions from the Director of Public Prosecutions, a book of evidence had been served on John Harley.

He was remanded on bail for trial at Letterkenny Circuit Court on January 31.

Judge Paul Kelly told Harley he had 14 days to notify the prosecution if he intended relying on alibi evidence.