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GPO worker who stole €25k vows to pay back cash

A former An Post worker will be sentenced later for stealing €25,000 from business client cash lodgments when he fell into financial difficulties after being out sick.

Another overseer, covering for Morgan Sheehy (55, below) in the GPO's Cash Remittance Unit, found two suspicious lodgment slips totaling €25,000 which led to an internal inquiry and garda investigation.

Sheehy, of Castaheany, Clonee, admitted to An Post that he had lodged €32,500 of a €57,500 Lidl cash lodgment and taken the remaining €25,000 to cover up an equivalent amount he'd stolen over the previous seven months.

Detective Garda Paul McHugh revealed that Sheehy had been off sick, had been unable to do overtime on his return and began regularly stealing cash amounts between €2,000 and €4,000 from January 2008 to offset his financial problems. The father-of-five pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to stealing €25,000 from An Post at Dublin's GPO on August 14, 2008. He had no previous convictions.

Det Gda McHugh told Mr Kerida Naidoo, prosecuting, that Lidl had deposited three cash bags for lodgment, Sheehy took two of these bags containing a total of €25,000 and lodged the remaining bag only.

Sheehy told gardai he tried to cover up his crime by delaying business deposits but his stealing "spiralled out of control". He has vowed to pay back the cash from his pension, which is due in five years. The case was adjourned to November.