Sunday 17 December 2017

Former Anglo clerk charged with €200k computer fraud

Andrew Phelan

A FORMER Anglo Irish Bank clerk has been arrested and charged with an alleged €200,000 computer fraud at the bank.

Gordon O'Brien (42) was remanded on bail after he was charged with defrauding Anglo in a series of offences in 2010 and 2011.

Dublin District Court heard the father-of-two is facing trial on nine counts of unlawful use of a computer at Anglo Irish Bank in Limerick.

Judge Patricia McNamara granted him bail and adjourned the case to February next year, for the preparation of a book of evidence.

Mr O'Brien, with an address at Springfield, Dooradoyle, Limerick, is charged with committng the offences, under Section 9 of the Theft and Fraud Offences Act on dates between September 2010 and June 2011. He is alleged to have unlawfully used a computer leading to a loss to Anglo Irish Bank of just over €200,000 to Anglo Irish Bank.

Detective Garda Stephen Nyland told the court he met the defendant by appointment at the Bridewell Garda Station this morning.

He was charged at 10.20am and made no reply to any of the counts after caution.

Defence Solicitor John Bermingham applied for bail on Mr O'Brien's behalf. Det Gda Nylan said there was no objection to bail. He said the defendant was resident here but was working in England and retruned home every weekend.

He said he had "no problems whatsoever" with the accused being grated bail, as Mr O'Brien had been co-operative with the investigation and had never been arrested before. The garda believed Mr O'Brien would turn up for every court date.

He said the DPP was directing trial on indictment on all charges and sought an adjournment for the preparation of a book of evidence.

Judge McNamara granted bail in the defendant's own bond of €1,000, with no independent surety required.

The only condition is that he signs on every Saturday at Roxboro Garda Station in Limerick, except for a given date when he will be away.

Gardai did not require any notification of when he intends leaving the jurisdiction.

Mr Bermingham applied for free legal aid, submitting a statement of the defendant's means to the court. He said while the accused was working, he had "family responsibilities" and was the "sole breadwinner".

Judge McNamara deferred the issue of legal aid until the next date. She remanded the accused on bail to appear in court again on February 10.

The defendant, wearing a black anorak, check open-neck shirt, blue jeans and brown shoes addressed the court only to confirm that he understood that he was to sign his bail bond before his release.

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