THE former chairman of the World Bodhran Championships ( WBC) who pleaded guilty to 27 counts of fraud in June, has appeared before the district court to face 63 fresh charges.
New charges entered against Dan Cronin, 23 Kilcolman, Milltown, relate to a total of over €20,000 illegally secured from the account of the now defunct festival using forged cheques.
Mr Cronin had previously been accused of illegally securing almost €12,000 from the account of his former employer, William O'Shea. Those charges related to nine false cheques and while Mr Cronin had claimed that all money had been used for festival purposes, gardaí say that Mr Cronin secured €1,370 of that total for his personal use.
At Killorglin District Court on Thursday, Inspector Fearghal Patwell referred to 63 new charges, stating that they were "connected with the same set of circumstances". He added that 15 of the charges related to cheques written for Mr Cronin's use rather than festival use.
The new charges include 'making' and 'using' 19 false cheques, ranging from €100 to €3,853, and drawn on the account World Bodhrán Championships to pay for various expenses incurred by the festival. These cheques total just over €16,000.
Further charges accuse the defendant of making and using 10 further cheques - ranging from €100 to €1,300 and totalling over €4,000 - which were drawn on the WBC account and payable to 'cash'. The remaining counts include five charges which claim that Mr Cronin 'stole from the AIB' sums of up to €300.
During a short hearing, Inspector Patwell also highlighted a €1,500 figure lodged at AIB Killorglin which was still under investigation as the person in question had since deceased.
All matters are currently under investigation and gardaí say they are awaiting instructions from the DPP.
Judge James O'Connor said that the court had now found out more than what it had originally been led to believe and he remanded the defendant on continuing bail. The case has been adjourned until October 11. Solicitor Pádraig O'Connell was granted legal aid on one of the charges.