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Woman faces trial over €35k bank scam claims

A 55-YEAR-OLD Dublin woman is facing trial accused of stealing more than €35,000 in cash from another individual's bank account.

Ann Gillen is alleged to have falsified a bank mandate form which enabled her to withdraw the cash from the victim's account.

She is alleged to have taken the money in amounts between €1,000 and €6,000 over a 10- month period in 2009 and 2010.

Gillen is facing trial by judge and jury in the Circuit Court after it was ruled that the matters were too serious for the District Court.



Judge Bridget Reilly adjourned the matter for four weeks for the service of the book of evidence. Gillen, of Bentley Villas, in Dun Laoghaire, appeared before Dun Laoghaire District Court charged with more than 10 counts of theft, contrary to Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 2001.

The alleged incidents took place at Permanent TSB, George's Street in Dun Laoghaire on dates between November 2009 and September 2009. Gillen is further accused of falsifying a bank mandate form to induce another person to accept it as genuine so as to withdraw money from a bank account at Permanent TSB on November 5, 2009.



It is alleged that Gillen stole a total of €35,420 in cash from the victim's account, taking out sums ranging between €1,000 and €6,420.

A State solicitor said the book of evidence was not yet ready and he asked the judge to adjourn the matter for four weeks.

Defence solicitor Ronnie Lynam said there was consent to the adjournment.

Judge Reilly adjourned the matter to a date in June to allow for the service of the book of evidence.