Sunday 21 January 2018

Callely will stand trial over mobile phone expenses

Tom Tuite

FORMER Fianna Fail junior minister Ivor Callely has been sent to trial accused of making a series of bogus mobile phone expense claims when he was a senator.

A book of evidence was served on Mr Callely at Dublin District Court.

Mr Callely is to be tried on indictment at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, Judge Ann Ryan directed yesterday.

He was sent forward for trial on six counts of making false expense claims and is scheduled to face his next hearing on May 15.

He is accused of using six invoices – from three phone companies – as false instruments at Leinster House for receipt of expenses for handsets and equipment, under the Oireachtas members direct purchase mobile phone scheme in November 2007, February 2008 and from September to December 2009.

Mr Callely (54) had been arrested by fraud squad detectives at his office at Howth Road, in Killester, Dublin at 9.50am last Friday and was then taken to Clontarf garda station.

The former politician was appointed to the Seanad in 2007 by the then-Taoiseach Bertie Ahern after he lost his Dublin North-Central Dail seat during the general election that year.

He resigned the party whip in August 2010 and has not been involved politics since 2011.

He appeared at Dublin District Court on April 19, last, where Detective Adrian Kelly of the Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation said that Mr Callely faced six counts under Section 26 of the Theft and Fraud Offences Act. Mr Callely, of St Lawrence Road, Contarf, Dublin, had made no reply when the first charge was put to him at Clontarf garda station; the officer also added that: "There was no reply to any of the charges."

It is alleged that from September 1, 2009 until December 30 that year, he used an invoice from Allstat Ltd; he is also accused that on November 21, 2007 and the following day he used four invoices from Business Communications Ltd, and between February 4, 2008 and the April 17 that year, it is claimed he used another invoice from In-Tech Ireland Ltd.

The six invoices allegedly had various dates from January 2002 until September 2009.

The court heard that the Director of Public Prosecutions had consented to Mr Callely being sent forward for trial at the present term of the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court and that the ex-senator was to be remanded on bail of €250.

Mr Callely remained silent during the hearing.

Irish Independent

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