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Bank official ‘stole €22,000 from accounts of elderly customers’

Michael Lott worked at Bank of Ireland, and is alleged to have taken the cash over three-month period

Eimear Cotter

Published 15/04/2014 | 13:36

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Friday 11 April 2014. Blanchardstown DC: Michael Lott, Cronebane, Avoca, Co Wicklow, Theft
Accused: Michael Lott

THIS is the bank official accused of stealing more than €22,000 from a number of elderly account holders.

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Michael Lott (24) is alleged to have taken the cash in amounts ranging from €500 to €4,600 over a period of three months.

He is facing trial by judge and jury in the circuit court where the penalties are potentially more severe after Judge David McHugh refused jurisdiction of the charges.

Lott, of Cronebane, Avoca, Co Wicklow, appeared before Blanchardstown District Court charged with a number of counts of theft.

The alleged thefts took place at Bank of Ireland, Main Street, Celbridge, Co Kildare, on dates between July and September 2012.

In relation to the allegation, Gda Sgt Maria Callaghan previously said it will be claimed that Lott was an employee of Bank of Ireland in Celbridge.

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On various dates between July and September 2012, it will be alleged that Lott took cash from a number of bank accounts.

Sgt Callaghan said it will be claimed that Lott stole a total of €22,650.

The officer alleged that five of the victims were elderly, with their average age being 75.

The remaining two alleged victims had an intellectual disability.

Sgt Callaghan said it will also be claimed that Lott has repaid the money to the bank, and none of the account holders is out of pocket.

The case was before the court for the service of the book of evidence, but a state solicitor said the matter was complicated and asked for more time for the preparation of the book.

Defence lawyer Jennifer Jackson said the accused was anxious for the matter to proceed, but was willing to consent to the adjournment.

Judge McHugh assigned solicitor Conway O'Hara on free legal aid.

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