Tuesday 26 September 2017

Latest lawyer to be dealt with by courts

Former solicitor Thomas Byrne
Former solicitor Thomas Byrne
Former judge Heather Perrin (60) . Picture: Collins Courts

THE jailing of solicitor Mary Miley for obtaining money by fraud is the latest serving of former solicitors brought before the criminal courts since the onset of the recession. The Garda Fraud Bureau is investigating at least 10 more solicitors.

January 2014 – Former solicitor Ruairi O Ceallaigh admits stealing €2.8m in client funds from his family's law firm. Earlier this month, the 42-year-old entered a guilty plea to multiple theft charges when he appeared in Dublin District Court.

The case has been sent forward on a "signed plea" basis to the present sittings of Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

December 2013 – Former solicitor Thomas Byrne is sentenced to 16 years after being convicted of stealing €52m from banks and defrauding 13 clients out of their houses or money.

June 2013 – Solicitor Patrick Enright is imprisoned for 12 months after pleading guilty to forging health insurance claim forms. Enright, of Glenlarehan, Castleisland in Co Kerry, and his brother Denis pleaded guilty to nine counts of forgery, with intent to defraud a US health insurance company of over €14,600.

December 2012 – Wicklow solicitor Niall Colfer is jailed for two years for stealing €130,000 from his clients. Colfer stole the stamp duty paid by clients while helping them buy property.

November 2012 – District Court Judge Heather Perrin, a former solicitor, was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison for deception.

Perrin was found guilty of inducing a client to leave half his estate to her two children when she was a solicitor. Last year, she was sentenced to a further two-year term for a "dishonest transaction".

June 2012 – Former solicitor David O'Shea jailed for three-and-a-half years for theft and fraud offences totalling over €750,000. O'Shea, of Terenure in Dublin, stole over €450,000 from clients' accounts. He fraudulently used another €327,000.

Irish Independent

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