A CARLOW man appeared before Gorey District Court last week charged with stealing €1.75 million from Gorey Post Office over the space of 13 months. He was also charged with falsifying various receipts during that time.
Tony O'reilly (37) of 10 Sandhills, Hacketstown Road, Carlow, who was employed at Gorey Post Office at the time, appeared before the court last Thursday, on 24 separate charge sheets, to which he replied 'No' in each case.
Detective Garda Ian Hayes gave evidence of arresting the defendant that morning at 9.55 a.m. by appointment, at Gorey Garda Station. He then cautioned and charged him.
The charges included, stealing cash from An Post at Gorey Post Office, at various times, and in various amounts, including: €290,000 between May 1 and December 16, 2010; €751,000 between December 17, 2010 and April 7, 2011; €319,000 between April 8 and May 11, 2011; €65,000 between May 12 and 18, 2011; €175,000 between May 19 and June 8, 2011; €50,000 between June 9 and 15, 2011; €50,000 between June 16 and 22, 2011; and €50,000 between June 23 and 29, 2011. He also replied 'no' to a charge that on December 16, 2010, dishonestly for gain for himself or another, he falsified a document required for accounting purposes, by changing a receipt docket from €97,538.32, to read €387,538.32, during an official Post Office audit.
He also replied 'no' to charges of falsifying receipts including: between November 1, 2009, and June 29, 2011, changing a receipt to read €27,997; another to read €30,021; another to read €125,449.38; another to read €81,260.57; another to read €31,289.73; and another to read €127,606.35, having previously entered a different figure; another to read €128,166.04; another to read €28,006.58; another to read €48,928.82; another to read €116,600.42; another to read €44,412.62; and another to read €204,934.62.
He also replied 'no' to: falsifying, sometime between November 1, 2009, and June 29, 2011, a document made for accountancy purposes, by entering a value of €1,030,000 to hide a discrepancy on a cash account return sheet; and declaring a figure of €1,550,000 higher on a cash on hands print out document, to hide a discrepancy; and also declaring a figure of €1,650,000 higher on the cash on hands print out document to hide a discrepancy.
Legal aid was granted to solicitor John O'sullivan 'given the gravity of the charges'. He was granted bail on the condition he surrenders his passport and agrees not to apply for any travel documents.
The defendant didn't speak during the appearance. A Book of Evidence has to be prepared in the case, so the matter was put back to May 3 next.