A 63-year-old man accused of social welfare fraud totalling nearly €250,000 has been further remanded in custody.

Mullingar District Court was told that the Director of Public Prosecutions had not yet made a decision on the case against Paul Murray who has an address in Thailand.

A previous court hearing was told that since 2006 Mr Murray would fly back to Ireland every three months to sign on for various benefits at social welfare offices in Cavan, Trim and Mullingar.

Gardaí said they had found 10 Irish birth certificates and one from Britain as well as eight false drivers’ licences and three passports.

In court earlier today, Garda Inspector Fergus Traynor told Judge David Anderson that no direction had yet been received from the DPP regarding the case against the accused. He said the garda investigation was lengthy and complex.

The Inspector said they would prefer if Mr Murray was remanded in custody given the nature of the case.

The defendant’s solicitor, Redmond O'Regan, asked the judge to look again at the issue of bail for his client but Judge Anderson declined.

He remanded Mr Murray in custody to appear before Mullingar District Court again on 2 December next.