Sunday 19 November 2017

Banker who stole €144,000 is jailed

Jailed: Alice Warnock
Jailed: Alice Warnock

Sarah Jane Murphy

A former Bank of Ireland worker who stole €144,089 from the bank to put in her own accounts and those of family members has been jailed for a year.

Alice Warnock (55) told gardaí she was sorry and "felt like a fool" after the six-year fraud was uncovered. The court heard that Warnock's family had been unaware she had lodged money into their accounts.

The mother-of-two, of Rathbeale Court, Swords, Co Dublin, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to nine sample counts of stealing from bank branches on Talbot Street and Malahide Road, Coolock, between November 2004 and March 2012. She has no previous convictions.

Judge Melanie Greally said yesterday that Warnock had been in a position of considerable responsibility and noted that she hadn't confessed to the crime before it was detected.

Judge Greally accepted that "evidence of a psychological upset" in Warnock's life provided some insight into her actions.

She further accepted she has since made "full restitution".

Irish Independent

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