A woman who travelled regularly between Kerry and the UK claimed over €10,000 in social welfare payments while working in a pub in London.
33 year old Jurita Janusauskiene of 12 Gort na Gréine Tralee appeared before Tralee Circuit Criminal Court charged with theft on various dates between October 3rd 2014 and May 26th 2015.
Detective Garda Jim Donovan told prosecuting barrister for the State Tom Rice the accused had originally settled in Gallowsfield, Tralee with her husband and three children.
She had then moved to London with another man, whom she was in a relationship with, and began working in a pub he owned.
Detective Garda Donovan said flight documents obtained from Ryanair indicated the accused would travel from London to Kerry once a month to sign on at Rock Street Post Office in Tralee and collect Job Seekers’ Allowance.
CCTV evidence and forms signed by the accused at Rock Street Post Office were also obtained by Gardaí.
She claimed a total of €10,043.80 between October 3rd 2014 and May 26th 2015. This amount was paid back in full by the accused on October 12th, 2015.
Defence barrister Katie O’Connell said Ms Janusauskiene had intended to move back to Kerry, purchase a house and take up a course at IT Tralee.
Judge Thomas O’Donnell said the ‘deliberate fraud’ was not a ‘one off scenario’ but accepted full restitution had been made.
He imposed a sentence of 18 months suspended on condition she keeps the peace for the next three years.