THE trial has begun of two brothers charged with forging claim forms with the intention of defrauding a US insurance company of more than $31,000.
Solicitor Patrick Enright (52) of Glenlarehan, Castleisland, Co Kerry, and his 48-year-old brother, Denis, of Knockardtry, Castleisland, are each facing nine charges of forging documents purporting to be New York Life Insurance Company group health insurance claim forms, with the intention to defraud the New York Life Insurance Company.
Both men deny all charges, alleged to have occurred between January and August 1994.
Tom Rice, prosecuting, told Tralee Circuit Court that the accused men forged the signatures of six people – Joan Smedberg, Vincent Helito, Roger Segoda, Michelle Yannotti, Michael Bobela and Matthew T Beavers – on nine separate health insurance claim forms.
Mr Rice said the State also alleged that the brothers forged the signature of a non-existent New York-based doctor, Dr John Coyle, of Eighth Avenue, Manhattan.
The total amount of the alleged forged claims is $31,850 (€24,373), with amounts varying between $1,900 (€1,450) and $4,800 (€3,670).
Mr Rice said that the State intended calling a large number of witnesses, including employees of the Nylerin branch of the New York Life Insurance Company and serving and retired members of the gar- dai.
The court heard that Patrick Enright had worked for Nylerin, in Castleisland between 1988 and 1994, before leaving and becoming a solicitor.
His brother Denis is a farmer.
The trial, which continues today before Judge Carroll Moran and a jury of nine men and three women, is expected to last for up to three weeks.