Pensioner allegedly used fake notes to buy trailers
A pensioner allegedly conned an elderly woman into selling a caravan, horse box and trailers and used fake notes to pay for them, a court heard.
Jimmy McCarthy (66), of Drumbane, Birr, Co Offaly, is accused of passing off a number of counterfeit €20 notes as legal tender.
Judge David McHugh ordered the disclosure of statements in relation to the allegations and adjourned the case to a date next month.
The accused appeared before Blanchardstown District Court charged with four counts of making gain or causing loss by deception.
He is further charged with using a document purporting to be or resembling a bank note.
The alleged incident took place at Broughan, The Ward, between March 14 and March 16 this year.
The court heard that the DPP has directed summary trial of the allegations in the district court, where penalties on conviction are less severe.
Outlining the allegation for jurisdiction purposes, Gda Ronan O'Reilly alleged that Mr McCarthy approached an elderly woman and bought a horse box worth €600 as well as a caravan valued at €700 and two trailers with counterfeit notes.
The alleged fraud amounted to €1,200, claimed the garda.
Judge McHugh accepted jurisdiction, meaning the matters will remain in the district court.
The court heard that Mr McCarthy is retired and is in receipt of a pension.
Judge McHugh assigned defence solicitor Simon Fleming on free legal aid.
Mr McCarthy has not yet indicated how he will plead to the charges.