Wednesday 21 February 2018

Three ex-Anglo officials sent for trial on Revenue offences

Tom Tuite

THREE former Anglo Irish Bank officials were served with books of evidence today as a judge ordered that they will have to stand trial on Revenue charges.

Aoife Maguire, 60, with an address at Rothe Abbey, South Circular Road, Kilmainham, Dublin, Bernard Daly, aged 65, from Collins Avenue West, in north Dublin, and 54-year-old Tiarnan O'Mahoney of Glen Pines, Old Long Hill Road, Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow, had been charged earlier with Revenue offences allegedly committed in 2003 and the following year.

Their case has no factual connection with the on-going trial of three former officers of the bank, Dublin District Court has heard.

Today Ms Maguire, Mr Daly and Mr O'Mahoney appeared again at the district court where they were each served with books of evidence. State solicitor Tom Browne told Judge Michael Walsh that the DPP had consented to the defendants being returned for trial to the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Judge Walsh told the three accused that if they intended to use alibis in their defence they must notify the State within 14 days. They all confirmed that they understood the nature of the charges and the judge then made an order sending them forward for trial.

They have not yet entered pleas to their charges; their next hearing will take place at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court on March 21 next.

The three, who are on bail, had been charged following an investigation by the Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation (GBFI).

Ms Maguire, who was granted legal aid, is accused of attempting to defraud Anglo and Revenue as well as conspiring to commit an offence under the Taxes Consolidation Act and conspiring with others to delete accounts at Anglo in 2004.

Mr Daly joined Anglo in 1999 having previously held a position in the Central Bank. He was appointed as Anglo's company secretary in 2003 and held that position until he resigned four years later.

Mr O'Mahoney was the bank's head of treasury from 1985 until 2005.

The two men are charged that in 2003, they concealed a named account; conspired to obstruct and interfere with an officer of the Revenue Commissioners; conspired to conceal an account Anglo was required to produce for inspection, and that they produced incorrect documentation.

It is also alleged that between March 1, 2004 until the end of that year, Mr Daly and Mr O'Mahoney conspired to destroy or falsify bank documents and conspired to commit an offence under the Section 107.8 of the Taxes Consolidations Act 1997.

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