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New charges against former Vodafone executive

Andrew Phelan

Published 03/09/2014 | 02:30

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Niall Barron...Pic Shows: Niall Barron leaving Dublin District Court yesterday (Tuesday) 15-07-2014.

a FORMER senior executive at Vodafone Ireland accused of stealing almost €2m from the company has had 13 new charges brought against him.

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Niall Barron (40), former head of corporate financial services at the telecoms firm, is now facing a total of 55 charges under the Theft and Fraud Act. The new charges of deception all relate to the same four-year period.

Judge Anthony Halpin adjourned the case at Dublin District Court for the preparation of a book of evidence. It was the accused's second court appearance following his arrest by detectives from the Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation in July.

Mr Barron, of Ard na Cuan in Wexford Town, Co Wexford, who was previously granted bail, was already charged with one count of attempted theft and two of attempted deception. Further counts are split between theft of various sums totalling €1,983,000 from the company, and deception by inducing Vodafone to make payments to named businesses for his own gain. He was yesterday charged with 13 counts of deception by fraudulently sending invoices to Vodafone on behalf of named businesses.

It is alleged the offences occurred at Vodafone's headquarters in Leopardstown from 2003 until 2007.

Garda Stephen Niland told the court the defendant made no reply after caution.

Irish Independent

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