Tuesday 17 July 2018

Psychic financier (53) remanded on fraud and dirty money charges

Psychic Simon Gold
Psychic Simon Gold

Tom Tuite

A psychic astrologer charged with a string of alleged frauds and an €800,000 money-laundering offence was remanded in custody yesterday.

Simon Gold (53) , of Cartontroy, Athlone, Co Westmeath, faced his third hearing when he appeared at Cloverhill District Court.

Judge Victor Blake remanded him in custody for a book of evidence to be prepared. He will appear in court again on July 12.

Mr Gold is best known for his firm Astrology Ireland and has billed himself as "Ireland's Leading 7th Generation Psychic Astrologer & Tarot Master".

He has not yet entered a plea to the charges and the Director of Public Prosecutions has directed that he is to face trial on indictment.

This means his case will be sent to the Circuit Court, which has tougher sentencing powers, once the prosecution has completed the book of evidence.

He is charged with money laundering by allegedly possessing €800,000 in proceeds of criminal conduct at a bank in Dublin on October 19, 2012.

He is also charged with deception, that between February 18 and March 9, 2011, he induced a man to transfer €28,000 to the account of a financial consultancy firm.

He has three other counts of deception against him involving the alleged transfer of three sums of money - stg£30,000 and two of stg£10,000 - to the account of the same firm.

He was also charged with having false instruments - one blank bank draft and six other bank drafts with various sums of money - in his custody in Delvin, Co Westmeath, on October 22, 2012.

He also faces a charge of having another false instrument - four sheets allegedly containing 360 removable holograms purporting to be AIB holograms.

Irish Independent

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