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Bank employee stole clients' €2k

a Westmeath resident who alerted his employers to the fact that he had stolen over €2,000 from clients in mortgage arrears has avoided a jail term.

Shane O'Brien (29) was working in the arrears team in IRBC when he took cash payments from four clients and pocketed it himself.

O'Brien, of Killucan Manor Drive, Rathwire, Killucan, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to theft. Judge Martin Nolan imposed a one year suspended sentence on condition O'Brien repay IRBC the money.