Postmaster is quizzed over missing €1.7m
Published 04/09/2011 | 05:00
GARDAI have interviewed a postal manager suspected of involvement in the misappropriation of up to €1.7m.
A serious gambling problem is believed to have led the post office manager to disappear after a massive investigation into the suspected fraud at Gorey post office was launched last July.
Tony O'Reilly, 36, who lives on the Tullow Road in Carlow town, has been interviewed by Gorey gardai in relation to the massive fraud at the post office on The Avenue in the town.
Chief Supt John Roche has confirmed that Mr O'Reilly has been interviewed by gardai into the alleged fraud at the post office.
"Gardai have interviewed the postmaster. He is co-operating fully with the gardai in their investigation," he said.
Mr O'Reilly, said Chief Supt Roche, is currently under medical supervision.
After the investigation was launched into financial irregularities, which were discovered following an internal audit at the Gorey Post Office, Mr O'Reilly went missing.
He was later located in Belfast, where he had placed a €40,000 bet on a horse. He was caught on CCTV.
The PSNI was contacted by An Garda Siochana and asked to be on the lookout for Mr O'Reilly.
After the extent of the alleged fraud was determined, local gardai called in the assistance of officers from the Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation as they stepped up their inquiries into the disappearance of the cash.
Mr O'Reilly is a married man with one daughter and is originally from Co Kilkenny. It is believed that his family are standing loyally beside him during his period under medical supervision.
It is understood that Mr O'Reilly had become quite stressed in the days leading up to his disappearance, according to postal workers in Gorey.
It is believed that the financial discrepancies were discovered by senior personnel in An Post as they carried out an internal audit of the financial accounts of the premises in Gorey. An Post then lodged a complaint with gardai.
Mr O'Reilly's parents and those of his wife Lorraine, the O'Grady's, are well respected in the townland of Skeoghvasteen, Co Kilkenny and said to be very private people.