Same crime; different messages

I wrote recently about a woman convicted of social welfare fraud totalling €229,000.

Even though the woman repaid the money the judge said it was important to send out a message to deter such crimes, or words to that effect.

Meanwhile, a struck-off solicitor who stole more than €9,000 during what was described as a schematic criminal fraud has also been before the courts.

The solicitor’s lawyers asked the judge to note that he had repaid the stolen money but the judge was clear.

A message has to be sent out to deter such crimes.

Seven months jail –suspended.