A 52-year-old solicitor has gone on trial at the Circuit Criminal Court in Tralee, Co Kerry, charged with forging health insurance claim forms amounting to a total of almost $32,000 (€24,000).

Patrick Enright, of Glenlarehan, Castleisland, Co Kerry, has pleaded not guilty along with his brother Denis to nine counts of forgery.

Between 1988 and 1994, Patrick Enright worked for a company called Nylerin, which processed health insurance claim forms for the New York Life Insurance Company.

He subsequently went on to become a solicitor.

Along with his 48-year-old brother Denis, a farmer, Patrick Enright is on trial charged with nine counts of forging New York Life Insurance claim forms with intent to defraud.

The amounts involved vary from $1,900 to $4,800. They total $31,850.

The alleged offences date back to 1994.

Prosecution barrister Tom Rice told the court the State would contend that seven people named in the claim forms did not submit those claims, while a doctor who allegedly signed off on the claims did not exist.

The jury was told the trial could last up to three weeks.