Heather Perrin owns a country hideaway where her husband and son raise horses, the Irish Independent can reveal.
Having worked in the legal profession for decades, Perrin and her husband, Albert, from Malahide, Co Dublin, may have been looking forward to retirement at their lavish five-acre retreat.
The family bought the large two-storey home – complete with stables – just outside Cashel, Co Tipperary, in 2005.
The property, in the townland of Ballykelly, is in the heartland of horse breeding and racing country – and Perrin's son Adam lives there.
Perrin, who had a solicitor's practice in Fairview before being appointed to the bench, had her son's name written in to the will of her elderly client, Thomas Davis (83). Her daughter Sybil was also set to receive a share of €500,000 – half his estate – before the fraud was uncovered.
It is understood that Adam Perrin recently worked at horse-trainer Aidan O'Brien's Coolmore Stud where some of the world's best-known racehorses are bred.
Albert's name cropped up as a prize winner for a champion draught mare at the Ossory Show in Co Laois in July and he previously took part in the Dublin Horse Show with his colt foal 'Acqua'.
Heather Perrin herself owned a racehorse, 'Thornburgh Lady', which came third in a race in Ballingarry in June last year. Thornburgh is Perrin's maiden name.
One resident near the Perrins' house said: "We'd be familiar with Albert – he's a pleasant chap but we wouldn't see too much of him. They only came in here in the last few years or so."
The Rock of Cashel is less than four miles from the house.