A Dublin man who submitted timesheets for payment to a Laois company he worked for, but did not actually do the work, has been warned he will go to prison if he does not keep his appointments with the probation service.
Before Portlaoise District Court was Jordan Lawlor (26), Sandyhill Gardens, Ballymun, Dublin, charged with eight counts of theft by deception, between October 22, 2017 and December 10, 2017.
When the case first came before the court in July, Detective Garda Michael O’Donovan gave evidence that the accused had been employed by Laois Scaffolding and on October 16 last year, the foreman of the work site in Dublin took holidays. The accused then never turned up for work, but submitted timesheets for a total of eight weeks’ work.
The total loss to the company was €3,158.32.
Judge Catherine Staines adjourned the case for a probation report and compensation.
When the case returned to court last week, Judge Staines noted that the accused had not kept any appointments with the probation service.
Defence, Mr Barry Fitzgerald said that the accused had €200 compensation, but he needed to get his P45 from his previous employer, the injured party, and matters had broken down between them due to this offence.
Judge Staines said the only reason the accused was not going to prison was because she wanted the compensation to be paid.
She told the State to contact the injured party asking them to give the accused his P45 so he can get back to work and pay compensation.
Warning the accused that if he failed to keep any more appointments he was going to prison, the matter was adjourned to March 7, for a probation report and compensation.