Wednesday 26 June 2019

Father (43) in court on money laundering charges

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Andrew Phelan

Andrew Phelan

A father of three has been charged in connection with an alleged €1.95m money laundering operation.

Adam Muhammed (42) was granted bail after he was brought before Dublin District Court yesterday.

Judge Michael Walsh adjourned the case until today, remanding the accused in custody with consent to bail, pending the surrender of his passport.

Mr Muhammed, with an address at Cherry Orchard Green, Ballyfermot, West Dublin, is accused of nine counts of handling sums of money, alleged to be the proceeds of criminal conduct.

He is further charged with using a false instrument - a copy of a letter on the headed paper of a credit union.

The charges relate to nine international transfers with a combined total of around €1.95m into four separate bank accounts at various Irish financial institutions, between May 2014 and November 2015.

Det Gda Thomas Victory of the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau said he arrested the defendant at 7.30am at the accused's home.

Mr Muhammed had made no reply to any of the charges after caution and was handed copies of the charge sheets.

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The DPP was directing trial on indictment and Det Gda Victory sought adjournment for the preparation of a book of evidence. There was no objection to bail, subject to conditions and Judge Walsh granted bail, on condition he surrendered his passport, did not apply for any new travel documents and signed on weekly at Ballyfermot Garda station.

Mr Muhammed's solicitor, Siobhan Conlon, said he had lived in Ireland for 20 years and had an Irish passport.

Applying for free legal aid, she said her client was in receipt of social welfare and handed a statement of his financial means into court.

Judge Walsh deferred granting legal aid, saying he needed the accused's means to be vouched either with a letter from the Department of Social Protection stating his payments for the last year, or a P60 if he had been working.

The accused has not yet indicated how he intends to plead to the charges.

Nine counts are under Section 7 of the Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Act 2010. The 10th is contrary to Section 26 of the Theft and Fraud Offences Act.

Irish Independent

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