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€37k is taken from fraudster

A FORMER revenue officer and tax consultant who was jailed for defrauding the State has had €37,650 confiscated.

Gerard Giffney (53) was jailed for four years in February 2012 after he used a loophole in the tax system to carry out the €112,000 fraud.

Giffney, formerly of Tynan Hall Grove, Tallaght, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to aiding, abetting, assisting, inciting or inducing another to make an incorrect tax return and four charges of falsely representing that these people were entitled to a tax return between February and July 2003.

Judge Mary Ellen Ring has now confiscated €37,650 from Giffney after hearing that the State is satisfied that the figure represented proceeds from his criminal activity.

JAPAN FIRM'S NEW JOBS IN NI

A JAPANESE healthcare company is creating 416 jobs in the North.

Terumo BCT manufactures products used in the treatment and transfusion of blood at its plant in Larne, Co Antrim. It will expand into research and development there.

Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe has hailed Northern Ireland as a "treasure trove of challenge, openness and innovation".

CALLS FOR NEW CRASH PROBE

FORMER investigators are pushing to reopen the probe into the 1996 crash of a jumbo jet off the coast of New York.

TWA Flight 800 crashed July 17, 1996, just minutes after the jetliner took off from John F Kennedy Airport, killing all 230 people aboard.

Former investigators have raised doubts about the National Transportation Safety Board's conclusion that the crash was caused by a centre fuel tank explosion.

ANCIENT SHIP BEAM FOUND

ARCHAEOLOGISTS say a wooden beam found embedded in the floor of Lake Michigan could be wreckage from a ship that disappeared in the 17th century.

The discovery of the 3m section of the beam led to an expedition that began last week to determine whether it's part of the Griffin.

The ship was commanded by the French explorer La Salle and disappeared on the US lakes in 1679.


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