Tuesday 20 March 2018

Clerk admits stealing €225,000 from legal firm

Barry Duggan

A CLERK at a legal firm has admitted stealing more than €225,000 from his employers over a 10-year period.

In Limerick Circuit Criminal Court yesterday, Garry Carroll (54) pleaded guilty to 31 counts of theft, two charges of embezzlement and two larceny offences at Connolly Sellors Geraghty Solicitors in Limerick.

Thirty-five cheques totalling just over €225,500 were stolen by Carroll from his employer at its offices on Glentworth Street, Limerick, between March 1999 and May 2009.

Barrister Mark Nicholas said his client had a significant gambling problem and was undergoing treatment for it.

The court heard Carroll has been receiving help for his gambling problem for the past few years.

Apart from pleading guilty to each offence, Carroll, of 20 Russell Court, Fr Russell Road, Limerick, remained silent throughout the hearing. The cheques were the property of Connolly Sellors Geraghty Solicitors when they were taken by the clerk.

The value of the cheques stolen ranged from just over €1,000 to more than €19,000.

Judge Carroll Moran adjourned sentencing until he hears the matter in full on December 14.

Irish Independent

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