Man faces trial over €2,630 bank account fraud claim

By Eimear Cotter

A DUBLIN man accused of deceiving a number of people into lodging more than €2,600 into a bank account, is facing trial on the charges.

Jonathan McLoughlin (32) is alleged to have induced eight individuals to lodge small amounts ranging from €150 to €600 into a bank account.

Judge David McHugh adjourned the matter to September for the service of the book of evidence.

The accused, of Sheephill Park in Blanchardstown, appeared before Blanchardstown District Court charged with eight counts of making gain or causing loss by deception.

The alleged incidents, all under the theft and fraud offences act, took place at Bank of Ireland, Main Street, Blanchardstown on various dates between August 16 and August 28 last year.

It is alleged McLoughlin induced a number of people to lodge small sums of money, varying between €150 and €600, into a Bank of Ireland account.

The total alleged sum is €2,630.

Garda Sergeant Maria Callaghan said the DPP has directed trial on indictment in the Circuit Court on the charges, where the penalties upon conviction are potentially more severe.

The court previously heard the alleged victims live in a number of counties and it had taken gardai some time to get statements from them.

Defence solicitor Fiona Brennan said there was consent to a date in September for the book of evidence.