Monday 19 March 2018

Man charged with stealing €1.25m from Vodafone

There has been no indication as to how he intends to plead
There has been no indication as to how he intends to plead

Tom Tuite

A BUSINESSMAN has been charged with theft of €1.25m from Vodafone Ireland over a four-year period.

David McGovern (40) from Burrow Manor, Calverstown, Co Kildare, appeared at Dublin District Court yesterday following his arrest by officers from the Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation. The defendant, who runs an electronics firm, was arrested at 11.05am yesterday at the Greenogue industrial park, in Dublin, Detective Garda Stephen Niland told Judge Anthony Halpin.

The businessman was then brought to the Bridewell Garda station in Dublin city centre where 36 charges were put to him, after which Mr McGovern made "no reply to each charge".

Det Gda Niland said he had no objection to bail providing Mr McGovern abides by conditions to reside at his current address and to sign on twice weekly at Naas Garda station.

The Director of Public Prosecutions has decided that he must face "trial on indictment" meaning the case is to go forward to the Circuit Court.

Judge Halpin released the defendant, who did not address the court, on bail to appear again in September when it is expected that he will be served with a book of evidence and sent forward for trial.

There has been no indication as to how he intends to plead.

It is alleged the theft and fraud offences occurred at Vodafone's HQ in Leopardstown in Co Dublin from 2003 until 2007. Mr McGovern faces 15 counts of theft of sums totalling €1.25m and one for attempted theft of €68,000 along with five counts of deception in which it is alleged he tried to induce Vodafone staff to pay amounts to named business entities for his own gain.

Mr McGovern also has one charge for attempted deception and the remaining 14 come under the Taxes Consolidation Act.

Irish Independent

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