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Fraudsters take corpse into a post office to claim dead man's pension

By T.K. Randall
January 23, 2022 · Comment icon 9 comments

Police are still investigating the incident. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Lionel Allorge
One of the strangest fraud attempts of recent years took place at a post office in Ireland this week.
When two men walked into Hosey's post office in Carlow, Ireland on Friday morning supporting an unconscious elderly gentleman, staff members immediately thought that something was up.

The fraudsters, who had put a jumper over the old man and a hat on his head, had lugged him up to the counter and requested to withdraw money from his pension.

When staff members asked about the wellbeing of the man, they were told that he was having a heart attack and that he would be taken to the hospital after withdrawing the cash.

Unconvinced, a member of staff picked up the phone and called the emergency services, prompting the two men to drop the man on the floor and flee from the premises.

When the ambulance crew arrived, they discovered that the man was dead.
It later came to light that one of the men had previously attempted to extract money from the old man's pension earlier on the same day, but was unable to do so without him being present.

Police are now attempting to track down the suspects while investigators are also working to determine exactly how long the elderly man had been dead.

The deceased was identified as Peadar Doyle - a man in his 70s who lived nearby.

"I was absolutely shocked to hear about what happened," said Ken Murnane, the Mayor of Carlow.

"I cannot believe anyone would do something like that. It beggars belief, I'm just shocked."

Source: MSN | Comments (9)

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Comment icon #1 Posted by jethrofloyd 3 years ago
Crazy stuff! Reminded me of the titlle of this film:
Comment icon #2 Posted by quiXilver 3 years ago
More like
Comment icon #3 Posted by Dreamer screamer 3 years ago
The irony is that we are all legally DEAD corporate fictions. 
Comment icon #4 Posted by jmccr8 3 years ago
It's both sad and funny at the same time
Comment icon #5 Posted by fred_mc 3 years ago
Yes, that is the movie I was also thinking of.
Comment icon #6 Posted by itsnotoutthere 3 years ago
A man who brought his dead uncle into a post office to collect his pension has insisted: “I wasn’t trying to rob him. I’m not an eejit.” Declan Haughney insisted that he didn’t realise Peadar Doyle, 66, was dead when he and another man brought him on the five-minute walk from his home on Pollerton Road, Carlow, to the Hoseys Post Office, to collect his pension last Friday morning. Declan, 40, who says he’s lived with his uncle all his life, claimed he’s now “the talk of the town” and is being branded a “murderer” in the local community, ever since the sensational stor... [More]
Comment icon #7 Posted by HSlim 3 years ago
Weekend at Bernie's III: Shamrock Style
Comment icon #8 Posted by Still Waters 3 years ago
Man charged after dead body brought to post office https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-60157104
Comment icon #9 Posted by Still Waters 1 year ago
Update: Two jailed after using body to claim dead man's pension Two men have been sentenced for attempting to use a dead man's body to deceive a post office and claim his pension in the Irish Republic. Declan Haughney, 41, was sentenced to two years and 37-year-old Gareth Coakley was sentenced to 18 months in prison. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/articles/c1d7gvlxerdo

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