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Charity conman used boy to net cash donations

A BOGUS charity collector who went door-to-door raising money for a fake summer camp has had the money seized and donated to charity.

David McCarthy (22) and a young friend told householders in Swords they were raising money for a summer camp for disadvantaged children.

But the website on the back of the sponsorship card related to a tennis club in Toronto in Canada.

Judge Patrick Brady fined him €350 and ordered that the €20 raised should be donated to the St Vincent De Paul.

The defendant, of Chapel Street in Balbriggan, was found guilty before Swords District Court of having control of a false instrument, namely a fake sponsorship card, at Drynam Way, Kinsealy on March 11 last.

Garda Martin Fahey said he went to Drynam Way about 7pm after householders reported a number of suspicious people in the area.



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Gda Fahey said he saw McCarthy, together with a young child, going door-to-door with a sponsorship card. He said they had collected €20.

Gda Fahey said he checked out the website address on the card, and it belonged to a tennis club in Toronto. The court also heard the name on the sponsorship card was "Michael Dunne", and this was not the name of the defendant or his young friend.

Gda Fahey said he asked McCarthy if he had a charity permit, and he said he did not.

Jobless McCarthy claimed he did not have possession of the sponsorship card at any time, but gardai argued he was the guardian of the boy on the night and therefore, had control of the sponsorship card.

The court heard McCarthy is married and is a qualified mechanic who worked in England until last November.

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