Wednesday 26 July 2017

Estate agent 'misappropriated €42,000 proceeds of Dublin woman's Turkish apartment', court told

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Ray Managh

A Co Cavan estate agent sold a Dublin woman’s holiday apartment in Turkey before “falsely and dishonestly misleading her and misappropriating” the €42,000 proceeds in a personal AIB bank account, a judge was told today.

Barrister Clodagh Gartlan said in the Circuit Civil court that Sean Boylan, of 5 Annalee Grove, Cootehill, Co Cavan, had “continuously deceived” Marian Ryan, of Rushbrook View, Templeogue, Dublin, about the sale through his company M&M Marketing Strategies Limited.

Ms Gartlan, who appeared with Vincent and Beatty solicitors for Ms Ryan, told Judge Jacqueline Linnane it was feared Boylan may have already transferred the money elsewhere from his personal account.

She said Ms Ryan had reported to An Garda Siochana the misappropriation by Boylan of the sale proceeds due to her and the police were currently conducting an investigation into the matter.

“The gardai have opened an investigation into the company in respect of apparent misappropriation of funds from the sale of other overseas properties conducted by the company, in particular in Bulgaria,” Ms Gartlan told the court.

Marian Ryan stated in an affidavit she had asked Boylan’s company, formerly Extra Sales Consulting Limited trading as Extra Sales, to sell her apartment in Gold City, Analya, Turkey.  Boylan had formerly been a director of M&M Marketing Strategies prior to the High Court’s appointment of a Liquidator over it in July last year.

She said that in January 2013 she had appointed M&M Marketing Strategies to sell her apartment and in March last year a sale was agreed at €40,000 on the basis that at least €36,000 would be transferred into her bank account.  At the behest of Boylan she had executed a Power of Attorney in the Turkey Embassy in Dublin.

A month later she had lost a personal direct sale of €45,000 because  Boylan had told her it was too late to withdraw from the already agreed €40,000 transaction.

Ms Ryan said that on April 21, 2015 Boylan had “falsely and dishonestly” informed her the sale of her property would be concluded within six weeks knowing the sale had already concluded a month earlier.

She said she had been coerced into unknowingly relinquishing possession of her apartment on the basis the new owners wanted access to take measurements.  A Turkish agent, who handled the sale for M&M Marketing Strategies, had confirmed to her he had already transferred €42,000 to Boylan’s personal bank account.

Boylan, who represented himself on the basis his solicitor was busy in another court, asked Judge Linnane for an adjournment which she refused.  He said the money had not been paid into his personal AIB account but into an account “including the name Property in Bulgaria Ltd.”

“It has always been my wish that we come to some agreement and that over a period she would get it all. I will do everything I can to do that.  It has been my focus. I don’t have the money,” Boylan told the court.

Judge Linnane said Ms Ryan had not seen a single cent of her money despite having tried for months to recover it.  She said the Liquidator had confirmed it had been paid to Mr Boylan’s AIB account.

She directed Boylan not to reduce his assets in Ireland below €42,000 pending further order of the court and warned him the matter was serious.

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