Monday 22 January 2018

Agency manager faces charges over €600,000 fraud

Tom Tuite

A FORMER FAS executive accused of defrauding the State-training agency of more than €600,000 appeared in court yesterday.

James Brooke-Tyrell (53) was remanded on continuing bail following a brief hearing at Dublin District Court where the State sought a further six weeks to complete the book of evidence.

Mr Brooke-Tyrell, with an address at Churchgate, Church Road, Greystones, Co Wicklow, was charged with 47 counts of deception last October.

He is accused of manufacturing a false tender while working in his position as assistant video production manager at FAS. This resulted in cheques being issued into accounts controlled by him from 2002 to 2008.

The charges against Mr Brooke-Tyrell under the Criminal Justice (Theft and Fraud Offences) Act, also stated that this was allegedly "with intention of making a gain for yourself and causing a loss to another".

The court heard that the value of the money allegedly involved in the case was "just over €600,000".

A person found guilty of this offence can face a fine and/or a term of up to 10 years.

The DPP has directed "trial on indictment" which means the case is to be sent forward to the Circuit Court.

In November, Mr Brooke-Tyrell was charged with 33 additional counts, under Section 25 of the Theft and Fraud Offences Act, for forgery of quotations on the headed paper of a number of companies, on dates between 2003 and 2008.

Mr Brooke-Tyrell is to appear again on a date in March when he is to be served with the book of evidence and returned for trial.

Irish Independent

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