Saturday 16 December 2017

Ex-solicitor charged with fraud over €1m home loans

Stephen Dunne and Mark Hilliard

A FORMER solicitor was yesterday charged with fraudulently attempting to secure mortgage loans worth nearly €1m.

Mary Miley (54) was arrested yesterday following an investigation by the Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation into her actions surrounding the applications.

Yesterday, she was charged with a total of eight offences between 2005 and 2007.

Ms Miley is accused of giving false documentation to a representative of Secured Property Loans Ltd in June 2006 in order to secure a loan by deception in the name of an unidentified individual for €220,000.

She is accused of doing the same with Secured Property Loans Ltd for €350,000 in October, 2007 and for €220,000 in December, 2007.


A further charge relates to Start Mortgages Ltd for a loan of €180,000 in November, 2005.

Ms Miley, of Duncairn Avenue in Bray, Co Wicklow, was charged with four counts of deception and four of using a false instrument under the Theft and Fraud Offences Act.

She was granted bail pending the serving of a book of evidence by Judge Murrough Connellan at Bray District Court.

Inspector Declan McCarthy of Bray garda station told the court of the arrest, charge and caution of the accused.

Ms Miley replied "no" when asked by the judge if she was working. She was granted free legal aid and nominated solicitor Brendan Maloney as her legal representative.

Inspector McCarthy said the DPP had directed a trial on indictment and said gardai had no objection to bail. He requested, that Ms Miley sign on once a week at Bray garda station.

Inspector McCarthy also told the court that Ms Miley's passport was with the High Court but that he understands the accused had permission to collect the document.

He remanded Ms Miley until November 28, when the book of evidence will be served.

Irish Independent

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