An Algerian national who assumed a French identity to claim over €17,000 in jobseeker benefits between 2012 and 2014 was caught using facial recognition software.
Amine Laib (25) used a French passport under the name of “Riadh Karim Laheen” to get a PPS number, with which he claimed Jobseeker’s Allowance from the Department of Social Protection.
The fraud was discovered when Laib applied for a PPS number as an asylum seeker under his real name in 2014 and the department’s facial recognition software matched pictures on file from the PPS number given to his assumed identity. He will be sentenced tomorrow.
Laib of Mount Tallant Avenue, Harolds Cross, Dublin pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to 11 sample counts of stealing €124 from the Department of Social Protection at Harrington House, Harrington Street, Dublin and at his existing address between June 1, 2012 and November 11, 2014.
He also pleaded guilty to making a false French passport on a date unknown within the State.