How can these Foreigners, make a Laughing Stock, of our Welfare System, French Arrogance, Yes, as Usual??? 700 Counts of Welfare Fraud???

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Music teacher convicted of social welfare fraud is subject of fitness to teach inquiry

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A MUSIC teacher convicted of more than 700 counts of social welfare fraud was the subject of a fitness to teach inquiry today.

French national Daniel Alexandre Daudet (44) did not turn up for a Teaching Council inquiry into his case because he said he could not get time off from his work at a customer call centre.

The fitness to teach inquiry heard Daudet, who registered with the council in 2006, had worked part-time in a private school in south Dublin between January 2011 and May 2015.

In 2017 he was convicted in the Circuit Criminal Court of offences related to using a false identity to dishonestly claim welfare payments over a period of around 12 years, up to 2015, the inquiry heard. He registered for a PPS number in 2002 under the name Alexandre Daude, using an altered French national ID card, and also had a PPS number in the name Daniel Daudet.

Solicitor JP McDowell, representing the Teaching Council director, said the total overpayment to Daudet between 2002 and 2015 amounted to €184,000.

In January 2018, Daudet received concurrent sentences totalling three-and-a-half years and a complaint was made to the Teaching Council in February 2018. Later that year, in a letter to the Teaching Council, Daudet, who described himself as a woodwind specialist, said he had repaid more than €10,000 of the money.

Daudet, who was not represented at the hearing, attended a preliminary hearing in September when he applied for an adjournment on the basis he wanted his appeal against the conviction to be determined first.

Mr McDowell said it was not clear that Daudet had taken adequate steps to prosecute an appeal. Legal submissions have never been filed in the Court of Appeal, he said.

In September, Daudet had said he would be available for an oral hearing, except in the middle of October, and he was advised in October of the November 11 date.

In phone conversations with a colleague of Mr McDowell, yesterday, Daudet said he had not been approved for time off work yesterday from his customer service job.

He said his appeal was ongoing and his lawyers were seeking further information.

Daudet said he had received all the papers relating to the inquiry, but he wasn’t applying for a further adjournment of the inquiry and that he “didn’t see any point in taking part”, Mr McDowell added.

After hearing the evidence, the Disciplinary Committee Inquiry Panel, which was advised by Eileen Barrington SC, found all allegations against Daudet were proven but have held off on a decision on sanction until a later date.

Panel chair Melanie Ní Dhuinn said they had applied the criminal standard of proof of “beyond all reasonable doubt”.

She said their report would be sent to Daudet and he would be invited to respond in writing to set out his views, and would be afforded an opportunity to seek an oral hearing in relation to the question of sanction.

The allegations before the disciplinary panel were that on November 15, 2017, Daudet had been convicted of two indictable offences pursuant to Section 26 of the Criminal Justice (Theft and Fraud Offences) Act 2001 and 711 indictable offences pursuant to Section 6 of the same act.

If imposing a sanction, the panel has a range of penalties available to it, up to removal from the Teaching Council register.

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