Friday 19 January 2018

Revenue sues jailed ex-judge Perrin for €50,000

Dearbhail McDonald and Barry Duggan

JAILED former judge Heather Perrin is being sued by the Revenue Commissioners over an alleged failure to pay income tax.

The action, which has been adjourned until next month, is one of two High Court lawsuits filed against her.

Yesterday Perrin – the first judge in the history of the State to be convicted of a serious crime – was sentenced to a further two-year prison term for a "dishonest transaction" involving a former client arising from when she worked as a solicitor.

Perrin (pictured) is already serving two-and-a-half years at An Dochas wom-en's prison for deception.

Her new sentence will run from February, when she pleaded guilty to the new offence.

The Irish Independent has learnt that Perrin is being sued by the Revenue for almost €50,000 in tax and interest in respect of income tax returns during 2009.

The case came before the High Court last Monday and was adjourned until next month.

Last January the High Court directed that Perrin be served notice, by post, with another set of civil proceedings taken against her.

The second lawsuit was filed just weeks after Perrin was convicted last November.

Last month, Perrin, of Lambay Court, Malahide, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to falsifying a client account between May 25, 2004, and February 2, 2009.

Judge Mary Ellen Ring, who also dealt with Perrin last year, said she had "fundamentally breached the trust of her client".

Irish Independent

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