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Lynn was home but slipped garda net


Michael Lynn: warrant for arrest was issued in December

Michael Lynn: warrant for arrest was issued in December

Michael Lynn: warrant for arrest was issued in December

FUGITIVE solicitor Michael Lynn returned to Ireland earlier this year but slipped out of the country before gardai could arrest him.

A warrant for his arrest was issued last December after he failed to appear in the High Court to answer questions over an alleged €85m mortgage scam.

The solicitor, who is being investigated by the Law Society, Garda fraud squad and the Director of Public Prosecutions, fled the country last December and has been sighted in London, America, Portugal and Bulgaria.

But the Irish Independent has learned that Lynn, whose wife Brid Murphy is suing him for her share of the proceeds of the sale of their Dublin 4 home, turned up at a Dublin car dealership within hours of a scheduled court appearance on January 14 last.

Lynn, who shortly before his practice was shut down last September bought up to €250,000 credit with Net Jets, a private aircraft company that flies high-net clients to 800 airports in 120 countries, made an impromptu appearance at the car dealership in January to clarify affairs concerning a leasing agreement.

The Mayo-born solicitor then ordered a taxi to remove him from the dealer's showroom where staff members were reportedly "stunned" by his appearance.

Last night the dealership refused to respond to detailed queries by the Irish Independent about Mr Lynn's visit.

Lynn's brief commercial transaction will surprise gardai, who have enlisted the support of their colleagues abroad to track the lawyer's movements.

It will also upset a vanguard of secured and unsecured creditors, including more than eight Irish-based banks, who are suing the solicitor in courts throughout Ireland and Europe.

Lynn (39) is fast earning the reputation as Ireland's answer to Frank Abagnale Junior, the celebrity American fraudster, because of his numerous reported sightings around the globe.

There have been unconfirmed reports that Lynn, a country and western enthusiast who earned plaudits in his youth as a wedding singer, attended a December 16 clash between Arsenal and Chelsea in London; flew in to Dublin for the recent Scotland-Ireland rugby Six Nation's match and boarded a commercial flight to Spain in recent weeks.

In Lynn's absence, his legal woes are mounting. Last Tuesday he was ordered to repay loans of €1.3m which he used to buy four apartments for investment purposes.

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A High Court judge made the order after National Irish Bank brought proceedings against Lynn.

Mr Justice Peter Kelly granted the order in Lynn's absence. When his name was called at the Commercial Court there was no appearance by anyone acting on his behalf.

On Monday, it was reported that a businessman who worked as a sales manager in Kendar, the property business owned by Lynn, received a payment in recent weeks into his Dublin bank account through a Panamanian company.

But Anthony Cantwell later told the Irish Independent that a €4,000 payment he recently received from a Panamanian company had "nothing to do with" his former employer.

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