Wexford firm latest victim of tractor theft scam
Enniscorthy Motor Company became the latest victim of an elaborate tractor theft scam when it received a forged bank draft as payment for a New Holland TM140 worth €35,000.
The elaborate con began when the thief rang Larry O'Shaughnessy at the Enniscorthy Motor Company from an English phone number. The caller said he was currently working on a job in England but his father had been down to see the tractor in the yard and wanted to buy it. The buyer was Irish but did not have an identifiable regional accent.
Mr O'Shaughnessy proceeded to negotiate the sale of the 2004-registered TM140 over the phone and arranged to deliver the tractor to the Fox's Cover pub on the Dublin-Galway road close to Mullingar on April 20.
The buyer, who gave the false name David Hannon from a townland in Co Longford, said his father was testing cattle that day but would go to the bank the following day for a bank draft as payment for the tractor.
"I followed the lorry up to Mullingar and met the man who handed me over an envelope with the bank draft in it," said Mr O'Shaughnessy. "It looked perfect but when I lodged it at the bank the next day, they told me it was bogus."
It is understood that the draft was a forgery of an old bank draft drawn on a closed account in the AIB branch in Mullingar.
The New Holland TM 140 had the registration plate 04 WX 1131, serial number ACM219392 ENGHB102026 and featured a distinctive front carrier, which could be used for a front-mounted sprayer or furrow press.