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Thursday 27 April 2017

Debt mum kept €117k cash for criminals

Gda Jerome Twomey told the court that Morrissey was paid €600 a week for handling the cash.. (Stock Image)
Gda Jerome Twomey told the court that Morrissey was paid €600 a week for handling the cash.. (Stock Image)

A woman caught with more than €117,000 in her possession was acting as a bookkeeper for serious criminals.

Drug addict Janet Morrissey (35), a single mother with heavy debts, was "ripe for exploitation", Dublin Circuit Criminal Court was told.

Gardai found €9,670 in her coat when they stopped her outside her home in Meile An Ri Drive, Lucan, last April 4.

A further €108,130 was found in a wardrobe in the apartment. A book, which was described as a ledger, was also discovered.

Morrissey pleaded guilty to possessing €117,800, which was the proceeds of crime. She will be sentenced on July 24.

Bundles

The accused said she collected money from people when she received texts from "Boss". She then sorted it into bundles of €5,000 and €10,000.

She said she had been doing this for four or five weeks, but the ledger showed it had been going on for longer.

Gda Jerome Twomey told the court Morrissey was paid €600 a week for handling the cash.

"The people she would have been dealing with were involved in serious crime," he said. "I believe that if she were to stop, serious threats would have been made to her."

Morrissey told gardai she never asked if the money was the proceeds of crime.

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