Former ACC bank official and accountant sent forward for trial on fraud charges

A former ACC bank official and an accountant charged with several counts of theft and fraud offences have both been sent forward for trial.

Monday’s sitting of Galway District Court heard that the book of evidence had been served on 57-year-old accountant Gerard Carr of Homefarm, Moycullen, and former ACC Bank relationship manager Aidan Corcoran (37 ) of 64 Castan, Doughiska, in respect of all charges brought against them.

Carr is charged in relation to 48 fraud offences which were committed between August 2005 and December 2009 by making false instruments with the intent of inducing another to accept as genuine, contrary to Section 25 of the Criminal Justice Act (Theft and Fraud Act 2001. Carr faces seven counts of providing false payslips. One charge is for making a false payslip, dated June 30, 2009, at the offices of Carr Business Management Services (CBMS ), for a person detailing total monthly pay as €7,025. This had previously been done, in the same name, three times between March 31, 2009 and May 31, 2009, detailing the same monthly pay. Between May 6 and 28, 2008, Carr produced a false payslip in the name of another woman, dated February 29, 2008, detailing monthly pay as €3,958. Further false payslips, dated March 31, 2008, and April 30, 2005, were for the same person.

There are also 29 charges of providing false P60 certificates with one, dated December 31, 2005, claiming a person had received total pay of €108,205.25, and another total pay of €115,324.09. The others involved various dates, people, and amounts from €180,000 to €55,512.49. On four occasions a false asset/liability profile was provided from September 2006 to August 2008 giving the net worth of the person named, with figures as high as €1,206,500 being stated.

Carr is also charged with one count of making a false sole trader accounts extract on ACC Bank headed notepaper between July 15, 2009, and August 4, 2009, and making a later dated December 5, 2009, on CBMS headed notepaper confirming that the tax affairs of a person were in order. There are also four counts of providing false accounts for the year and one count of false statement of affairs.

Corcoran is charged with 25 fraud offences, including using a a P60 detailing pay for a man as €67,016, which he knew to be false, with the intention of inducing another person to accept it as genuine between August 14, 2006 and February 23, 2007 at the bank’s Galway Financial Services Centre at Moneenageisha Road. There were 12 further offences of using a false P60s dated between June 2004 and December 2008 giving false total pays for various people, some as high as €180,256, €115,200, €96,000, and €89,952.35, down to €39,650. Corcoran also faces seven counts of using false payslips in a similar manner on various dates between April 2005 and June 2009. He is charged with using a copy of a letter with CBMS headed paper dated December 5, 2007, stating the tax affairs of one person was in order. There is also a charge for using false accounts for the year.

Inspector Kevin Gately told the court that the Director of Public Prosecutions has consented to both accused men being sent forward for trial.

Judge Aeneas McCarthy made the order for return for trial in respect of both men before giving them what is known as the alibi warning. The men were then remanded on continuing bail to appear before the next sitting of Galway Circuit Criminal Court commencing January 14 next


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