The brother of Kinahan mob enforcer Gareth Chubb has been convicted of stealing smart phones using a bank account that “did not exist”.
Company director Jonathan Chubb (37), from Keeper Road in Drimnagh, stole seven smartphones from a telecom firm after he ordered them using fake bank account details.
Jonathan appeared as a guest judge on TV3’s The Apprentice in 2008, and regularly featured on a number of Dublin radio stations as a real-estate expert.
However, his media appearances dried up after he was sentenced for stealing €8,000 in property management fees from his clients in a separate court case in 2015.
Jonathan is not the first member of the Chubb family to come before the courts.
His younger brother, Gareth, is currently in prison in the Netherlands awaiting trial in relation to an alleged attempted shooting in an Amsterdam cafe.
According to witnesses, a Nigerian-Dutch national was lucky to escape with his life after Chubb’s gun jammed during the botched shooting.
During a search of the premises, officers recovered a Glock pistol, a Walther PPK, another pistol and a silencer.
Gareth (29) is a long-term target for the gardai investigating the Kinahan cartel’s activities in inner-city Dublin.
His father, Noel (52), also served a prison sentence after killing a man outside a nightclub. In May 1991, Noel was convicted of the manslaughter of Seamus Broderick (27), a civil servant from Galway.
Unlike his brother and father, Jonathan Chubb has no involvement in organised or violent crime.
However, he has previously landed himself in hot water for his dodgy business activities.
This week, Dublin District Court heard how he gave Three Ireland a fake account number before taking delivery of the phones, worth nearly €4,000.
Chubb had pleaded not guilty to stealing the six iPhones and one Samsung Galaxy.
Judge Bryan Smyth found him guilty and said Chubb could avoid a six-month prison sentence if he was found suitable to carry out 120 hours of community service instead.
He adjourned the case for six months to give Chubb time to come up with compensation.
Mark Kelly, fraud and theft investigator with Three Ireland, said the outstanding bill was €1,500 before the phones were cut off.
KBC bank informed him that the account details given by Chubb were “not bona fide”.
When shown the number given to Three Ireland by gardai, Chubb said: “It was probably in error, it certainly wasn’t intentional. A simple phone call from Three [Ireland] could have rectified that.”
When told the phones were now classed as stolen, he said he would either return them or honour the contract.
In 2015, Chubb was also convicted of stealing more than €8,600 from tenants around the country. He told gardai he had always intended to pay the money back and had stolen it to deal with his own financial difficulties in the short term.