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Man (29) accused of €83k fraud on building society

THIS is the young Dublin man accused of defrauding Irish Nationwide of more than €80,000.

James Ryan (29) is alleged to have stolen a total of €83,000 from the building society, after allegedly forging withdrawal dockets in individual amounts of up to €5,000.

The alleged thefts took place between October 6 and November 24 last year. The case has been delayed because of the complex investigation.

Ryan, with an address at the time at Woodbrook Hall, Riverwood Road, Castleknock, is charged with stealing €83,000 from the building society.

He is facing over 30 charges of theft and forgery from Irish Nationwide, Upper George's Street, Dun Laoghaire.

It is alleged that Ryan forged withdrawal dockets in the building society on 16 separate occasions. The case was before the court for the service of a book of evidence but the State solicitor said this was not yet ready.

Defence solicitor Ronnie Lynam asked for a reason for the delay -- the State had been granted a two-month adjournment previously.

The State solicitor said the DPP had directed trial on indictment and consented to the case being sent forward for trial to Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.


"I am not waiting for any particular documents," he explained. "It is owing to the complexity of the case. There are 32 charges relating to 16 incidents."

Judge Bridget Reilly extended time for the service of the book of evidence and granted a five-week adjournment.

She said if the book was still not ready then "the court will hear on that date why it's not ready and can make any appropriate order".

During the brief hearing, the accused addressed the court only to confirm his current address at Upper Rathmines Road.

Evidence was previously given that Detective Sergeant Donal Griffin met Ryan by appointment at 6.15pm on March 23 and subsequently charged him at Dun Laoghaire Garda Station.

Det Sgt Griffin said he cautioned Ryan. In reply to the charges he said "no" and "nothing to say, thanks".

Det Sgt Griffin said Ryan may also be sent forward to the Circuit Court on a signed plea of guilty. Free legal aid was granted at the time and bail was set in the accused's own bond of €1,000.