Friday 20 September 2019

Vodafone manager sacked after claims of '€1m fraud'

Ailish O'Hora and Ralph Riegel

A SENIOR manager at Vodafone Ireland has been dismissed following allegations that he defrauded the mobile operator of more than €1m, the Irish Independent has learned.

Vodafone confirmed yesterday that an employee was dismissed in March.

The company added in a statement: "As the matter is subject to legal proceedings, Vodafone cannot comment further."

It is alleged the individual had been siphoning money.

A colleague is believed to have alerted his behaviour to the company's finance director.

Meanwhile, Vodafone is investigating the source of sexually explicit pictures sent to a man on his handset. The man, who lives in Cork, contacted the company after being horrified at receiving a number of clips.

This is understood to be the first formal complaint received by an Irish mobile phone provider about the receipt of explicit or objectionable images.

The 30-second images came from an unidentified number last Monday.

The man unwittingly opened two of them, thinking they may have come from a friend.

He was shocked to discover that the multi-media files contained images of adults engaged in sexually explicit activity.

He immediately declined several other image files sent to him and contacted Vodafone to bring the matter to the company's attention.

An investigation is now under way and the company is trying to confirm the sender's identity.

It is understood that the images may have been sent from outside the jurisdiction, making further action extremely difficult.

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