Sunday 25 February 2018

Town councillor charged with deceit over conference expenses

Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

A TOWN councillor was charged today with deceit after allegedly claiming expenses for a conference he did not attend.

Cllr Pat Melia (51), a member of Macroom Town Council in Co Cork, appeared before the local District Court today on a single charge.

Judge Aeneas McCarthy was told Cllr Melia is alleged to have travelled to Galway, registered at a conference on water management but then failed to attend its two-day proceedings.

He subsequently claimed a total of €250 from the council for mileage and subsistence expenses.

The court heard that Cllr Melia, of 19 Ard na Greine, Macroom, made no reply when arrested, cautioned and charged by Gardai.

He is charged with making gains by causing loss by deception to Macroom Town Council.

The charge relates to dates between April 13 and 27 last.

Cllr Melia was granted free legal aid and, on the application of Inspector Ger Lacey, the matter was adjourned until January 16 next.

The politician attended the court but did not speak during the brief proceedings.

He was remanded on bail to appear before Macroom District Court next month.

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