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Man jailed for stealing €95,000 in social welfare

Viktor Voloshin, a 51-year-old Ukrainian national, has been jailed for two-and-a-half years in prison for stealing €95,000 in social welfare over an eight-year period.

Between 2008 and 2016, Voloshin claimed jobseeker’s allowance and rent supplement. Dublin Circuit Court heard that he was not entitled to work in Ireland and stated that he “did not want to beg”.

Travelling to Ireland in the year 2004 using a fake passport, Voloshin pleaded guilty to three counts of using false instruments at social welfare offices located in Dublin and Wicklow as well as another count of a false instrument at his address.

Voloshin was sentenced to five years in prison with the final two-and-a-half years suspended on strict conditions.

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