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Salesman avoids jail for stealing computers

A MAN has avoided a jail term for stealing €9,023 worth of computers and equipment from Apple Computers when he worked as an agent.

Cormac Farrell (34) of The Old School House, Roundwood, Co Wicklow, pleaded guilty on the morning of his trial, that he dishonestly used a computer with the intention of causing a loss to Siobhan Kearney and Apple Distribution International (ADI) between December 30, 2010 and September 27, 2011.

He also pleaded guilty to stealing a Mac Book Pro 15-inch computer and a Mac Book Pro 15-inch 2.2 computer, the property of Ms Kearney and ADI, on dates in May and October 2011.

The pleas were sample counts representing a series of offences.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that Farrell resigned from Apple in October 2011 but had already fraudulently processed the delivery of a Mac Book Pro to a UPC Depot, in Finglas, for collection.

Apple had uncovered Farrell's scheme by that time but the company was too late to stop the delivery of the computer. Farrell later collected the laptop under a false name.

Detective Garda Donal Casey told Fergal Foley, prosecuting, that between December 2010 and October 2011 Farrell processed 17 bogus requests for 18 items including the two Mac Book Pros.

Judge Patricia Ryan sentenced Farrell to three years, which she suspended in full on strict conditions.

Irish Independent