Monday, 23 July 2020
It looks as if after four years the investigation into Anglo Irish Bank is coming to an end. RTE have reported that ex-finance director Willie McAteer is in custody with a view to being charged. More arrests and charges are expected. Read RTE's report here.
Thursday, 19 July 2020
Buried under a portacabin an underground bunker was set up to print large quantities of good quality fake banknotes, according to investigating officers. Accessed through a hidden trapdoor, a lot of effort was put into the hidden print shop in County Laois, Ireland, which, according to one of the accused men, was for printing greeting cards. Today, the trial of of four men accused of running the operation collapsed at the Special Criminal Court after it emerged information about a fifth suspect had been kept from the defence. The information was kept back because the person involved felt their life would otherwise be at risk, it was claimed in court. Early in the trial evidence was heard that images retrieved from a printer revealed images of €50 and €500 as well as US dollar bills. It is still possible that the US Service Secret could take an interest in the case. The agency, famous for their role in protecting the US president, is also responsible for protecting the nation's currency. Read RTE's coverage here.
Tuesday, 17 July 2020
No doubt there's a couple of dodgy builders and rogue traders having a little chuckle to themselves over the news that former Rogue Traders presenter Dan Penteado has been jailed for benefits fraud. He is facing 12 weeks behind bars after being convicted of claiming the dole while filming the series with the BBC. Read here for more. Still, the excellent work done by the programme stands on its own merits.
Wednesday, 11 July 2020
Introducing himself as Mark, a man is calling retail outlets claiming to be an engineer fixing a fault with their card payments systems. He persuades them to re-fund cash to what he claims is a dummy card - needless to say, it's not a dummy card. The Irish Payments Services Organisation have said that a variety of firms have been caught out by the fraudster. Read their warning here. It is not the first time point-of-sales have been targeted by sophisticated con-artists. In another scam a con-artist turned up in shops to replace credit card terminals. They were replaced with ones that had a mobile phone device to send customers' card details back to the con-artists who could then create clone-cards for use anywhere in the world.
Tuesday, 10 July 2020
Monday, 9 July 2020
A man lunged at Gardai investigating allegations of fraud at a HSE-run hospital in Cork today. Officers had to use pepper spray to subdue the man as they seized a laptop and documents in the probe into allegations of fraud. It's claimed that cash was paid for non-existent work ans bank accounts. Click here for RTE's full report.
Tonight Channel 4 news showed how fraudsters can exploit loosely controlled finances in public bodies. Although the report centres on the UK I'm told that similar attempts have been made to con Irish institutions out of cash. Cops in the UK are calling it Mandate Fraud because so many cases have turned up. Essentially it's a form of identity theft in which institutions rather than individuals are being targeted. Watch Channel 4's report here.