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Man accused of stealing €940k from credit union over a decade

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A Courts Service spokesman said cancellations were no longer occurring as there was now an adequate number of judges in place

A Courts Service spokesman said cancellations were no longer occurring as there was now an adequate number of judges in place

A man accused of stealing more than €940,000 in cash from a credit union over the past decade is expected to be sent forward for trial early in the new year.

Paul O'Brien (50) allegedly stole various sums of money, ranging from the smallest amount of €100 to more than €40,000 between 2005 and last January.

He is also accused of falsifying documents for loan applications for a number of named individuals.

Mr O'Brien is facing trial by judge and jury in the Circuit Court where the penalties on conviction are potentially more severe after the DPP ruled that matters were too serious for the District Court.

Judge David McHugh remanded Mr O'Brien on continuing bail to a date next month after he was told by a state solicitor that the book of evidence was not yet ready.

The accused, with an address at Valley Park Road, Finglas, appeared before Blanchardstown District Court charged with 136 counts of theft and falsifying loan documents.

The offences allegedly took place at Finglas Credit Union between February 2005 and January 2014.

The thefts allegedly amounted to more than €940,000.

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It is alleged that Mr O'Brien stole various sums of money, ranging from the smallest amount of €100 on February 26, 2005 to the largest sum of €44,000 on May 31, 2011.

A state solicitor asked for the matter to be adjourned for six weeks. Defence solicitor Fiona Brennan said there was no objection to the adjournment.

At his last court appearance in September, Det Gda Lisa Sheehan said Mr O'Brien made no reply to the charges after caution.

The court also heard that the charging of Mr O'Brien had been "a consultative process" and his legal team did not require the individual charge sheet numbers to be read out in court.

Mr O'Brien was previously remanded on bail in his own bond of €100.

As part of his bail conditions he was ordered to surrender his passport to gardai within 48 hours.

He must also notify them of any change of address.

The court had heard that Mr O'Brien is unemployed and on social welfare, and Ms Brennan was previously assigned on free legal aid.

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