Thursday 29 June 2017

Anglo login used to alter accounts was meant 'for IT department only'

Anglo accounts were connected to Sean FitzPatrick
Anglo accounts were connected to Sean FitzPatrick

Conor Gallagher

A computer login which was used to make various changes to bank accounts connected to former Anglo Irish Bank chairman Sean FitzPatrick should not have been used by anyone outside the bank's IT department, a court has heard.

The trial of three former Anglo officials accused of hiding bank accounts from Revenue, in an alleged tax evasion scheme, heard that the login was used to make changes to several accounts, including one in the name of Mr FitzPatrick's brother-in-law John Peter O'Toole.

Anglo's former head of IT, Michael Campbell, told the jury at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court that the login "mc9" was used by IT personnel to access the bank's computer record system. He confirmed the login was used in November 1999 to make a change to an address on the account of Mr O'Toole.

Mr Campbell said the mc9 login was used solely by the IT department and that no one else should have been able to use it. He said the login should not have been used for changing an address on a file.

The trial heard previously that one of the accused, Aoife Maguire, requested an IT worker to delete certain accounts.

Deputy IT manager James Shaw gave evidence that instead staff archived them as they were uncomfortable with removing data from the system entirely.

Mr Shaw's boss, Mr Campbell, said that the IT department never deleted accounts from the system but that archiving them was "standard practice".

He said the main reason for archiving accounts was because they were old. He said this archive material would be stored in a separate area which only IT personnel would have access to.

Ms Maguire (62), of Rothe Abbey, South Circular Road, Kilmainham, Dublin; Former Chief Operations Officer Tiarnan O'Mahoney (56), of Glen Pines, Enniskerry, Co Wicklow; and former company secretary Bernard Daly (67), of Collins Avenue West, Whitehall, Dublin, have pleaded not guilty to seven alleged offences.

It is alleged they deleted or omitted accounts, connected to Mr FitzPatrick, from Anglo's Core Banking System or from documents provided to Revenue between 2003 and 2004.

Another witness, Nicola Goddard, told the trial that she acted as secretary for Mr O'Mahoney and Mr Daly. She said that Mr O'Mahoney did not use email and that all his email was automatically forwarded to her. She said that Mr Daly had no use for a computer.

She told Sean Guerin SC, defending Mr Daly, that although he had a computer on his desk, she didn't think it had ever been turned on. The trial continues.

Irish Independent

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