Vodafone exec charged with stealing €1.9m
A FORMER senior executive at Vodafone Ireland is to stand trial charged with stealing almost €2m from the company over a four-year period.
Niall Barron (40), who held the position of head of corporate financial services at the telecoms company, appeared at Dublin District Court to face 42 charges under the Theft and Fraud Offences Act. He was arrested by detectives from the Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation in Dublin city centre yesterday morning. Detective Garda Stephen Niland told Judge Denis McLoughlin that the accused, who has an address at Ard na Cuan in Wexford Town, Co Wexford, "made no reply to any of the charges". It is alleged the offences occurred at Vodafone's HQ in Leopardstown in Co Dublin from 2003 until 2007.
He faces one charge of attempted theft and two for attempted deception; the remaining counts are split between theft of various sums totalling €1,983,000 from the company, and deception by inducing Vodafone to make payments to named business entities, for his own gain.
Det Gda Niland said the DPP has directed "trial on indictment" meaning the case is to go forward for trial at the Circuit Court. There was no objection to bail and there was no indication as to how he will plead.