Tuesday 24 October 2017

Prosecution closes its case against three Anglo officials

Former Anglo chief operations officer Tiarnan O’Mahoney
Former Anglo chief operations officer Tiarnan O’Mahoney

Conor Gallagher

The prosecution has finished its evidence in the trial of three former Anglo Irish Bank officials accused of hiding accounts from the Revenue in an alleged tax-evasion scheme.

The jury in the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that one of the accused, former chief operations officer Tiarnan O'Mahoney, denied ever asking a subordinate to remove a name from a list of accounts which were being provided to Revenue as part of its investigation into bogus non-resident accounts.

Mr O'Mahoney joined with his two co-accused in either denying or saying during garda interview that he could not recall his involvement in the concealment of accounts.

He also said that he never discussed the matter with former Anglo chairman Seán FitzPatrick. The trial has previously heard that the accounts in question were all connected to Mr FitzPatrick in some way.

Mr O'Mahoney (56), of Glen Pines, Enniskerry, Co Wicklow; former company secretary Bernard Daly (67), of Collins Avenue West, Whitehall, Dublin; and former assistant manager Aoife Maguire (62), of Rothe Abbey, South Circular Road, Kilmainham, Dublin, have pleaded not guilty to several charges.

It is alleged that they hid or omitted accounts connected to Mr FitzPatrick from Anglo's Core Banking System (CBS) or from documentation provided to Revenue in 2003 and 2004.

Detective Sergeant Daniel McGinty, who interviewed Mr O'Mahoney in Rathmines Garda Station in October 2013, said Mr O'Mahoney told investigators he did not recall appointing an employee to put together a team to provide accounts to Revenue to assist in its investigation into non-resident accounts in the bank which may have been liable for Deposit Interest Retention Tax (DIRT).

Mr O'Mahoney denied that he asked the team leader, Zita Madden, if she would remove a name from the list to be provided to Revenue and that she was removed from the team when she said she was uncomfortable with this.

He also denied telling the former head of compliance, Brian Gillespie, not to include the account of Mr FitzPatrick's brother-in-law, John Peter O'Toole, in a list being provided until he approved it.

Irish Independent

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