Monday 23 September 2019

Solicitor (55) charged with €170,000 theft from clients

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Gordon Deegan

A solicitor has appeared in court charged with stealing €170,830 from 11 people when she was acting as a solicitor for the parties.

Michelle O'Keeffe (55), of Fionn Oir, Lahinch Road, Ennis, Co Clare, appeared at Ennis District Court in relation to 19 separate charges of alleged theft between January 2006 and December 2011.

Ms O'Keeffe is also charged with having failed to maintain accounting records as prescribed by the Solicitors Account Regulations 2001 on dates between January 24 2006 and December 22 2011. The 19 separate theft charges outlined the amounts allegedly stolen from each of the alleged injured parties.

Insp David Finnerty said the DPP had stated the case can go forward.

Judge Patrick Durcan remanded Ms O'Keeffe on bail to reappear on January 16.

Irish Independent

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