MAN 'FLEW HOME FROM THAILAND TO PICK UP EUR250K WELFARE MONEY' Accused Used 9 Different Names, Court Told

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Byline: CLAIRE O'BRIEN

AN Irishman living in Thailand flew home to collect social welfare payments, defrauding the State of more than EUR250,000, a court heard yesterday.

Paul Murray, 63, is facing charges over the alleged fraud on the Department of Social Protection - in which it is claimed he used nine different names.

He faces a number of sample charges relating to claims in Cavan, Trim, Co Meath, and Mullingar, Co Westmeath.

Following his arrest as he left the social welfare office in Cavan on October 19 last, he was interviewed and charged.

He replied to those sample charges: "I accept this."

During a preliminary hearing at Mullingar District Court yesterday, Garda Peter Kelly objected to bail.

Since 2006, he said Murray had claimed various payments, including disability allowance, jobseeker's allowance and supplementary welfare allowance.

When arrested, a search of him and a vehicle uncovered one British and 10 Irish birth certificates.

Garda Kelly also claimed Murray had eight false UK driving licences and three passports, only one of which was in his own name. …