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Man facing trial after '€83k went missing in seven weeks at bank'

A DUBLIN man has been accused of stealing over €80,000 from Irish Nationwide after he allegedly repeatedly forged withdrawal dockets in the building society.

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

The alleged thefts took place over a seven-week period last year. Ryan, of Woodbrook Hall, Riverwood Road, Castleknock, appeared before Dun Laoghaire District Court charged with the €83,000 theft from Irish Nationwide Building Society.

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

The alleged offences took place between October 6 and November 24 last year.

It it alleged that Ryan forged withdrawal dockets in the building society on some 19 separate occasions, and stole tens of thousands of euro, in individual amounts up to €5,000.


Garda Det Sgt Donal Griffin told the court that he met Ryan by appointment at 6.15pm on March 23 and subsequently charged him at Dun Laoghaire Garda Station.

Det Sgt Griffin said that in reply to the charges Ryan said "no" and "nothing to say, thanks". The court heard that the DPP had directed trial on indictment in the Circuit Court on the charges.

Det Sgt Griffin said Ryan may also be sent forward to the Circuit Court on a signed plea of guilty.

A defence solicitor Ronnie Lynam was appointed on free legal aid.

Ryan was remanded on continuing bail in his own bond of €1,000.

Judge Ann Ryan adjourned the matter for eight weeks.