Accused seeks to go on holidays in €1.9m 'fraudulent forestry investment scheme' case
A COMPANY director accused of having €1.9m in crime proceeds in connection with a forestry investment business has been further charged with fraudulent trading.
Gardai intend to object to his request be let go on holidays, a court was told yesterday/today (THUR).
Businessman Garret Hevey, 41, of Brookdene, Shankill, Co. Dublin had been charged earlier with deception by inducing a named man to pay him £52,000stg at Allied Irish Bank (AIB), Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin on Feb. 23 last year.
His second charge stated it is alleged that on June 13 last year at AIB on George's Street, in Dun Laoghaire he was in possession of €1,982,825 in crime proceeds.
Yesterday/today (THUR) he appeared before Judge Timothy Lucey at Dublin District Court and three additional charges were put to him in connection with the same investigation.
One is under the Companies Act for fraudulent trading and there were two additional charges for deception by inducing people to pay him approximately £23,000.
Inspector Catharina Gunne of the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau said he replied “no comment” when the new charges were put to him.
Judge Lucey heard the case involved 2,000 exhibits and the Director of Public Prosecutions had directed that Mr Hevey is to face trial on indictment, meaning the trial will be in the circuit court. The judge agreed to extend time for the State to complete the book of evidence and ordered Mr Hevey to appear again at the district court on June 15 next.