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Man charged with claiming dead parents’ pensions for 33 years

A Cork man has been charged with claiming his dead parents’ pensions amounting to several hundred thousand euros over the course of 33 years.

Don O’Callaghan appeared before Cork District Court where he was charged with theft following a garda investigation.

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Garda Mick Nagle, 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.

Of the counts, 68 were in relation to theft while five were in relation to false documentation in support of the fraudulent claims.

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

The case was then sent forward to the Circuit Court where sentencing will take place on the 26th of October.

According to the theft charges, O’Callaghan claimed the pension payments while pretending that his parents were still alive. He was remanded on bail pending his next court appearance.

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