THE former personal assistant of U2's Adam Clayton bought a New York apartment with money she had taken from his bank account, a court has heard.
Carol Hawkins (48) paid $465,000 (€372,000) for the condominium at Rector Place in New York by bank draft -- three days after she had allegedly transferred the money from Mr Clayton's account into hers.
She has pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to 181 counts of theft from two of Mr Clayton's Bank of Ireland accounts over a four-year period from 2004 to 2008. The alleged thefts total over €2.8m.
Detective Garda Martha Coyle, of the Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation, said she seized a number of documents from Ms Hawkins' home. These included closing statements for the purchase of the apartment, a letter from a New York attorney detailing the purchase and deeds for the apartment, naming Ms Hawkins as the owner.
Evidence of a paper trail, showing the cheque transfer of €310,000 on April 26, 2007 from Mr Clayton's Fitzwilliam account to Ms Hawkins' joint account, which she held with her then husband John, was also given to the jury.
The cheque was signed by Ms Hawkins, as she had been given the authority by Mr Clayton to be a cheque signatory.
Further evidence was produced that a US dollar bank draft was drawn down from Ms Hawkins' joint account, made payable to an attorney in New York in the amount of $425,000 along with evidence of a similar draft for $46,000, which Det Garda Coyle said was the deposit for the property.
She also produced an affidavit by Ms Hawkins, of Lower Rathmines Road, Dublin, stating that she was the registered owner of the apartment in Rector Place, New York.
John Masterson, a Bank of Ireland regulatory-compliance manager, gave evidence that Ms Hawkins' son Joe and daughter Eleanor were authorised users of her credit card.
He confirmed that Joe, who lived in America at the time, and Eleanor, who lived in the UK, had a Visa and Mastercard each, both which were linked to their mother's credit card.
Mr Masterson produced evidence that a €15,000 cheque, drawn down from Mr Clayton's account, was transferred on June 16, 2006. A similar transaction for €13,500 was made on June 22, 2006.
Mr Clayton (52) is expected to give evidence later in the week.