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Postman to be sentenced for €1.7m fraud

THE postal manager who went missing following the discovery of an almost €1.7m fraud has had his sentencing adjourned.

Tony O'Reilly (37) of Sandhills, Hacketstown Road, Carlow, appeared before Judge Barry Hickson at Wexford Circuit Criminal Court yesterday having pleaded guilty to six charges of theft.

O'Reilly also pleaded guilty to six charges of falsifying An Post lodgement dockets for accounting purposes between December 6, 2010, and June 29, 2011.

The thefts totalled €1,650,000. He is alleged to have taken the money because of a gambling addiction.

Defence counsel Colman Cody BL told the court that the sentencing would take up to half a day.

He also said that the defence was awaiting a number of reports which had previously been requested.

Judge Hickson agreed to have sentencing put back to December 11 next.

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