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Doctor in court charged with defrauding HSE of €266,330

A medical doctor has appeared in court charged with allegedly defrauding the Health Service Executive (HSE) of more than a quarter of a million euro.

Rionach Slattery, with an address at Tara, Co Meath, was charged with inducing the HSE to pay the Johnstown Group Practice €266,330. The court heard that alleged fraudulent payments for special type consultations and monthly claims submitted by Johnstown Group Practice were made with the intention of making gains for herself, contrary to Section 6 of the Criminal Justice (Theft and Fraud Offences) Act 2001.

The court heard that these alleged payments were made between January 1st, 2012 and December 31st, 2015.

The court was told that the accused was charged with 39 alleged offences.

Garda Kathryn Christie gave evidence of having arrested the accused at Castle Street, Trim on Thursday morning.

She said that the accused made no reply when charged.

She added that the Director of Public Prosecutions had ordered trial by indictment in relation to the charges.

Judge John O’Leary remanded the accused on her own bail of €300 to appear at Trim District Court on January 18th, 2022 and directed that the accused surrender her passport to gardaí.

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