Swimming instructor whose husband stole over €240000 in social welfare is spared jail for her role in child benefit fraud – Independent.ie

A swimming instructor whose husband stole over €240,000 in social welfare while living outside of Ireland has been given a one-year suspended sentence for her role in child benefit fraud.

adine Stolk, who currently resides in the UK, discovered her husband had been defrauding the State of child benefit payments in 2017 and did nothing about it, Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard today.

Leendert Stolk (53) was given a four-year sentence in 2019 for social welfare fraud relating to child benefit, rent allowance, back to work allowance and back to school allowance which he claimed for seven years after leaving the country in 2010.

His wife (50) pleaded guilty on the first day of her trial last month to two sample counts of social welfare fraud in relation to child benefit payments on dates between July 31, 2017, and June 31, 2018. The total loss to the State as a

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