Saturday 25 November 2017

Mum stole €57,000 from ATMs due to glitch at Ulster Bank

The sale of interest rate swaps in the years before the financial crash has proved troublesome for Ulster Bank
The sale of interest rate swaps in the years before the financial crash has proved troublesome for Ulster Bank

Jessica Magee

Ulster Bank has issued criminal proceedings against people who failed to pay back money withdrawn fraudulently while the bank was experiencing a software failure, a court has heard.

The details of the other investigations emerged during the sentencing of a care worker who stole over €57,000 from various ATMs across Dublin.

Titilayo Kilanko (38) pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to 10 counts of theft from Ulster Bank on June 22, 2012. She told gardaí she used the money to pay for her father's kidney transplant in Nigeria.


Kilanko admitted stealing a total of €57,708 by making 115 fraudulent withdrawals from ATMs in Dún Laoghaire, Lower Kilmacud Road, Stillorgan, Main Street, Blackrock and at the Beacon Centre in Sandyford, Co Dublin.

Judge Martin Nolan adjourned the case for sentencing to next month and asked counsel for the defence to provide a doctor's report or some evidence from the hospital in Nigeria to say that Kilanko's late father did indeed undergo a kidney transplant.

The mother-of-two was arrested a month after the thefts, when an Ulster Bank official alerted gardaí to fraudulent transactions on her account. Detective Garda Keith Gorman told Caroline Cummings BL that the withdrawals were carried out between midday and 9.30pm.

Det Gda Gorman said it had been "well-publicised" by the bank that there was a software issue on the day.

"News travelled very fast," he said, adding that Ulster Bank had since issued criminal prosecutions for several people who made fraudulent withdrawals on the day and failed to pay back the money.

Kilanko, with an address at Carrigmore Lawn, Citywest, Dublin 24, took a flight to Nigeria with the cash and converted it to the local naira currency.

She said her father, who has since died, was being treated at University College Hospital in Ibadan, Nigeria, where he owed €80,000 for treatment and dialysis.

The woman said it was difficult to source kidney donors in Nigeria, but that her sister had found a man willing to donate for €25,000.

The mother of two teenagers has no previous convictions. Feargal Kavanagh SC, defending, said his client "greatly regrets" giving into the temptation. "She took it for good reason," he said.

The court heard it was the anniversary of her father's death this week.

Mr Kavanagh said Kilanko made full admissions and cooperated fully with gardaí and with the debt collection agency. She has so far repaid €4,600 of the money and continues to do so at a rate of €100 per week.

Mr Kavanagh said that with her family's assistance, Kilanko was now in a position to increase the repayments to €200 a week as she remains most anxious to clear her debt.

Irish Independent

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