Tuesday 25 October 2016

Julia Holmes: A woman wanted for scams in US and North


Julia Holmes
Julia Holmes

Julia Holmes (inset) faced fraud charges involving hundreds of thousands of euro in America and Northern Ireland.

The grandmother had more than 20 convictions for fraud, including swindling businesses in Tyrone and Antrim.

In 2006, she was deported from the US - where she lived under the name Victoria Parrish - to Northern Ireland, after she and her then-husband were arrested over an alleged €440,000 property scam in Texas.

According to court documents, Holmes tried to defraud investors by encouraging them to invest in real estate in Ireland she falsely claimed to own.

Holmes has used up to 40 different aliases. In 2009, she pleaded guilty at Strabane Crown Court to 22 charges of fraud and was jailed for 21 months after swindling businesses in Tyrone and Antrim.

She was due to answer two charges of fraud by misrepresentation and was on bail, but when she failed to turn up to court in January 2011 an arrest warrant was issued.

In September 2012, the PSNI issued a photo in an effort to trace Ms Holmes when she absconded after being charged with fraud totalling €25,000.

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