A Judge on the Cork Circuit Criminal Court hearing a case of a woman who fraudulently claimed €35,700 in social welfare payments, has said that the state’s actions in the case amounts to ‘an invitation to be scalped’.
A Polish woman, Justyna Jozwiak, pleaded guilty to multiple charges of claiming payments for emergency accomodation despite being given a place to live by the local authorities.
The mother of three has very little English, the court heard, and has a gambling addiction. She has required an interpreter at all court appearances.
While she was originally entitled to social welfare payments for emergency accommodation, she continued to claim for this assistance after being given a house in Doneraille, Co Cork. Ms Jozwiak confessed to theft charges regarding the €35,700 in payments fraudulently claimed. The court heard that she has paid €3000 in compensation.
At a previous hearing of the case, Judge Sean O’Donnabhain queried as to how a person could claim money from the Department of Social Welfare if they had no command of the English language, the Irish Examiner reported.
“If the department are prepared to lash out money to someone who does not — or pretends not – to speak the lingo, it is an invitation to be scalped,” he said.
On Wednesday, Judge Helen Boyle ordered that Ms Jozwiak should be remanded in custody until sentencing on November 24.
She has admitted to forging invoices in order to claim emergency accommodation payments while living at a different address in a house given to her by the local authorities.
On Thursday, a 47-year-old Slovakian man pleaded guilty in the Cork Circuit Criminal Court to 41 charges of deception involving PUP payments.
The court heard Mr Koval has a gambling problem, and that a Slovakian interpreter will be present at the sentencing hearing.