Monday 26 February 2018

Call centre worker admits trying to defraud Revenue

Jonathan Gough pictured at Cork district court
Jonathan Gough pictured at Cork district court
Jonathan Gough pictured at Cork district court
Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

A YOUNG man has pleaded guilty to attempted fraud at a major call centre processing property tax queries for the Revenue Commissioners.

Jonathan Gough (22) admitted dishonestly inducing a number of people to divulge their bank details with the intention of making a personal gain.

The charges followed a major Garda investigation launched after they were contacted by business outsourcing firm, Abtran, over concerns raised at their Cork office.

Abtran, one of Ireland’s leading business outsourcing firms, was handling a contract for the Revenue Commissioners in relation to processing property tax returns.

The firm’s management became concerned over questions which were being asked by one employee of people in relation to their property tax applications.

Gough of Glyntown, Glanmire, Co Cork was charged following an investigation launched last May by Bishopstown Gardai.

Gough admitted four charges that he dishonestly, and by deception, induced four people between May 2 and May 9 to supply him with their bank details.

This was contrary to Section 6 of the Criminal Justice-Theft and Fraud Offences Act (2001).

The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) had consented to the case being dealt with at summary level in the district court.

Defence counsel, Daithi O'Donnabhain, applied to Judge Leo Malone for the matter to be adjourned until the New Year so that medical and probation reports on Gough can be obtained before sentencing.

Gough is now unemployed and in receipt of State benefits.

Judge Malone granted the adjournment and Inspector John Deasy said Gardai were happy with existing bail conditions.

The court already heard that there was no financial loss arising to any of the four individuals named in the charges.

Judge Malone remanded Gough on bail for sentencing before Cork District Court on January 15 next.

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