Tuesday 20 March 2018

Garda faces trial over 'ATM scam'

Garda are investigating after a man died in a car accident in Co Cork
Garda are investigating after a man died in a car accident in Co Cork

A GARDA and former GAA player who is accused of taking part in an ATM scam is facing another charge, a court heard.

Garda Brendan Phillips (34) is alleged to have taken €450 in fraudulent ATM withdrawals.

The accused, originally from Sligo but with an address in Clonsilla, Dublin, has already pleaded not guilty to three deception charges and two counts of attempted deception in March and April 2013. The former Sligo intercounty footballer is facing a two-day trial.

Judge Bryan Smyth adjourned to a date next week, when the additional charge will be brought. The trial will take place later this month.

At a previous hearing, Det Superintendent John Keane said it was alleged that the defendant used his bank card to withdraw €170. He said the requested amount was dispensed in full and consisted of three €50 notes and a €20 note.

Det Supt Keane had said it was alleged €150 was taken out while €20 was left in the machine's dispensing tray.

"The machine is programmed to automatically retract that money into the retracting tray," he said.

"At that time the machine was unable to identify how much money was taken back into the machine."

Irish Independent

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