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Struck-off solicitor Byrne to be tried over €52m theft and fraud

STRUCK-off solicitor Thomas Byrne is to stand trial next year in connection with theft and fraud offences totalling more than €52m.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard the trial will take up to three months. Judge Martin Nolan scheduled it for the start of the 2013 autumn term.

Byrne (46), of Walkinstown Road, Crumlin faces a total of 52 offences relating to more than 20 residential properties and six banks.

Earlier this year, he was charged in the District Court with 21 charges of theft relating to mortgage funds, 14 charges relating to deeds of transfer and assignment on properties, nine charges of deception and eight charges of using false instruments.


All of the offences are alleged to have occurred between 2004 and 2007, all relate to residential properties in Dorset Street, Crumlin, Clondalkin and south Dublin and concern six banks -- NIB, IIB, EBS, Irish Nationwide, Anglo Irish Bank and Bank of Scotland (Ireland).

Judge Nolan remanded Byrne on continuing bail until his trial on October 8, 2013.