A woman who used a false PPS number to claim more than €15,000 in unemployment benefits has received a two-year suspended sentence.
The court heard that Moldovan national Axenia Alexei (30), came to Ireland in 2009 and used a false Latvian passport she had bought online to obtain a PPS number, so she could work.
Garda David Smith accepted Alexei had been working and paying taxes in Ireland until 2011. She began to use the false PPS number to claim Jobseeker’s Allowance when she lost her job.
Alexei, a mother-of-one of Rossvale, Portlaoise, Co Laois, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to stealing a total of €15,339 from the Department of Social Protection at Swords Post Office, Swords, Dublin between July 2012 and March 2014.