Friday 24 October 2014

Ex-bankers to face fraud trial

Published 11/08/2014 | 13:30

Former Anglo banker Willie McAteer is facing a new charge

Two former bankers with the defunct Anglo Irish Bank are to stand trial for alleged fraud over an eight million euro loan arranged for one of them.

Pat Whelan, 54, and Willie McAteer, 63, appeared before Dublin District Court where they were remanded on bail after being charged under the Companies Act.

The former Anglo directors were remanded on bail by Judge John O'Neill and are due to appear before the court again on November 3, the Courts Service said.

The ex-bankers are both charged with arranging a loan for McAteer worth 8,246,307 euro which was secured against shares he held in the liquidised lender.

The charge states that the money was arranged to pay off a loan he owed to Bank of Ireland which he was personally liable for.

The money was allegedly arranged in a borrowing from Anglo on September 29, 2008.

It also states that the loan provided a gain to McAteer and a loss to Anglo contrary to section 297 of the Companies Act 1963 as substituted by section 137 of the Companies Act 1990.

Both men were directors of Anglo when it went bust.

McAteer, whose address was given as Greenrath, Tipperary Town was a former head of finance and risk with Anglo, while Whelan, who lives on the Coast Road, Malahide, Dublin, was a former head of lending.

The Garda press office confirmed officers from the fraud squad arrested the men in Dublin city as part of ongoing investigations into financial irregularities at the lender.

Anglo Irish Bank was nationalised and rebranded the Irish Bank Resolution Corporation (IBRC) following a crippling bailout which cost the state 30 billion euro. It was liquidised last year.

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