A Garda has been fined €2,000 but was spared jail for defrauding a bank out of €450 in an ATM scam.
Gda Brendan Phillips (35), an ex-Sligo footballer who had been based in Blanchardstown in Dublin, is facing the sack after he pleaded guilty to three deception charges and two counts of attempted deception.
Judge Bryan Smyth heard at Dublin District Court that Phillips was now regarded as a "pariah" as a result of the €450 fraud. He was prosecuted in connection with withdrawals from AIB bank machines in Dublin in March and April 2013.
The court heard that Phillips had used his own bank cards at machines in Clonee, Clonsilla and Blanchardstown on separate dates.
He requested €170 from the machines each time but always took just €150 and left €20 in the dispensing tray.
The machines were unable to identify how much money was taken back in by the ATM. It was flagged as an "extraordinary transaction" and the full value was refunded to the account.