A church minister has been fined €750 for fraudulently claiming almost €20,000 in benefits.
Dublin District Court heard Idowu Akanbi (48), The Close, Orlynn Park, Lusk, Co Dublin made a “false declaration claiming the one parent family payment” and he “concealed he had got remarried”.
Judge John O’Neill heard the man received €19,132 in payments but has given back €3,818. There have also been deductions of €28 a week from his Jobseeker’s Allowance.
He has pleaded guilty to the charges , which were taken under the Social Welfare Consolidation Act.
The court has heard he is a minister at the Redeemed Christian Church of God in Swords.