On-the-run fraudster a suspect in All-Ireland final ticket scam
An on-the-run fraudster is a suspect in the theft of more than €400 from a mother who believed she was buying tickets for Sunday's All-Ireland final.
Gardaí are investigating if Tallaght man Wesley Brennan (32) is the man who took €420 from the woman in a café under a promise of collecting the tickets in a GAA shop last Tuesday. However, he never returned and disappeared with her money.
'Siobhán' - not her real name - said she spent more than two hours yesterday helping gardaí from her home in Leixlip, Co Kildare. She said gardaí are "closing in" on the main suspect.
According to Siobhán, he made a fatal error in his scam that will "almost certainly" lead to his arrest.
"They're very confident that they know where he is and said it's only a matter of time before they make an arrest," she said. "I'm glad I shared my story because through the feedback I've been getting I now know that people are being conned every day of the week, but are just too embarrassed to report it.
"I'll be very happy to see this man behind bars because he's the type of guy that won't stop until he's caught."
Brennan is on the run from a prison in Northern Ireland since January last year where he was given home leave while on remand for allegedly creating false ads online, offering tickets for the 2017 All-Ireland final.
He was previously jailed in 2015 in Dublin after being convicted of stealing a woman's car on a first date after the pair met on a dating site.
Brennan criticised the woman's driving before asking could he drive for a while, but when he got in the driver's seat he drove off and later sold the car to a scrapyard in Ashbourne, Co Meath. He was jailed for 18 months.
Another Dublin woman claimed her friend had been scammed out of €1,400 for sports tickets after meeting Brennan on the same website.
According to the Northern Ireland Department of Justice website, Brennan's offences include "breach of community based order x 2, fraud by false representation x 6, theft x 11, and driving whilst disqualified".
On Tuesday, Siobhán told RTÉ's 'Liveline' how the man set about conning her.
She explained how she answered an ad on Adverts.ie and then exchanged telephone numbers. They met and the man took the money and told her to wait in a café, but he never returned.