Sunday 17 December 2017

Woman accused of stealing €25,000 lodged in her account by mistake

Caroline Crawford

Caroline Crawford

A WOMAN charged with the theft of €25,000, which was allegedly transferred into her building society account by mistake, will have her case heard before a jury in the Circuit Court next month.

Therese Murray (50), of Clybaun Road, Galway, is charged with stealing €25,000, which was the property of Vivienne McCourt at Irish Nationwide Building Society.

The money was allegedly deposited into her account by mistake, but Ms Murray had failed to report the error to the building society or respond to them when they later wrote to her highlighting the issue.

Ms Murray appeared before Galway District Court yesterday where the case was referred for trial to the next sitting of Galway Circuit Court.

The case concerns two alleged transfers of funds that mistakenly ended up in Ms Murray's account.

It is alleged that Ms McCourt had been transferring funds when she mistakenly entered a wrong account digit, causing the funds to be lodged into Ms Murray's account instead.

The court previously heard allegations that €20,000 was accidentally transferred into Ms Murray's account on May 27, 2008, and a second transfer of €5,000 was mistakenly made on September 2, 2008.

The mistakes did not come to light until December 2010 when Ms McCourt realised the error when she went to close her account and notified the bank.

Ms Murray was remanded on bail and told to remain of good behaviour to appear before the Circuit Court in April.

Irish Independent

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