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Friday 18 April 2014

Former Anglo official charged with revenue offences

Former Anglo official Aoife Maguire. Pic: Collins Courts.
Former Anglo official Aoife Maguire. Pic: Collins Courts.

A former Anglo Irish Bank official has been arrested and brought to court charged with revenue offences.

Aoife Maguire (60) was remanded on bail after she was arrested by fraud squad officers and charged with four offences, alleged to have happened in 2004.

Judge Michael Walsh adjourned the case at Dublin District Court today after hearing the accused made no reply to any of the charges.

She is the third former Anglo official to be brought before the court since last November.

Ms Maguire, with an address at Rothe Abbey, South Circular Road, Kilmainham is charged with attempting to defraud both Revenue and Anglo Irish Bank.

She is also charged with conspiracy with others to remove or delete accounts at the now-defunct bank. The fourth count is one of conspiring to commit an offence under the Taxes Consolidation Act.

The offences, under that legislation and the Companies Act, are all alleged to have happened on dates in 2004.

Det Gda Eoin Browne of the Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation told Judge Walsh he arrested Ms Maguire today at Chancery Street and was present when she was charged at 9.10am. She made no reply after caution and was handed copies of the charge sheets.

Defence Solicitor Michael Hanahoe made an application for bail and there was no objection by gardai.

Judge Walsh granted bail in the defendant's own bond of €1,000, with no cash lodgement required. Conditions are that she signs on weekly at Kilmainham Garda Station and gives 48 hours notice if she intends travelling outside Ireland and the UK.

Mr Hanahoe said there were co-accused appearing in court again on February 27.

Judge Walsh granted free legal aid and adjourned the case to that date, for the directions of the DPP.

State Solicitor Tom Browne asked Judge Walsh to remind the media that Ms Maguire's case was not factually connected to the current ongoing trial of Anglo Irish Bank executives.

Ms Maguire, wearing a navy coat, black trousers and tan-coloured boots did not address the court during the brief hearing.

Two former Anglo Irish Bank executives - Tiernan O'Mahoney (54) of Glen Pines, Old Long Hill Road, Enniskerry, Co Wicklow and Bernard Daly (65) of Collins Avenue West in north Dublin are currently before the District Court awaiting a book of evidence before being sent for trial on Revenue charges.

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