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Alleged 'ghost broker' among 5 charged over €4m motor fraud claim

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Anastasija Pavlova leaving the court

Anastasija Pavlova leaving the court

Anastasija Pavlova leaving the court

An alleged "ghost broker" is facing trial along with his partner and in-laws after they were charged in connection with a €4m motor insurance scam.

Egidijus Aleliunas (39), his partner Anastasija Pavolva (33), her parents Viaceslav Pavlov (65) and Natalja Pavlova (61) and another man, Victor Titov (44), are all charged in connection with the alleged fraud.

They were sent forward for trial, except for Anastasija Pavolva, who was not in court to have a book of evidence served as she had brought her children to her native Lithuania for the summer.

At Blanchardstown District Court, Judge Gerard Jones remanded the accused on continuing bail.

Deception

The five are facing nearly 200 charges between them, relating to dates spanning several years in the 2010s, at locations in the state, including Dublin.

Mr Aleliunas, of The Paddocks Way, Adamstown, is charged with 151 offences dating back to 2010. These include multiple counts of deception, possession of the proceeds of criminal conduct (money laundering) and using false instruments.

Among the charges is an allegation that he dishonestly by deception induced an insurance firm to incept a motor insurance policy by providing fraudulent documents or misleading information. This, it is alleged, resulted in a "significantly reduced" risk assessment.

When Mr Aleliunas' case was called, a state solicitor said the charges were under the Money Laundering and Theft and Fraud Acts.

Judge Jones asked how much was involved. The prosecuting garda sergeant said it was approximately €4m.

The court heard Mr Aleliunas was on bail and €5,000 in cash had been lodged in lieu of an independent surety, and the prosecution was happy for bail to continue on these terms. There was no objection to a relaxation of bail conditions to allow him to sign on weekly at a garda station instead of three times per week.

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Vaecslav Pavlova leaving the court

Vaecslav Pavlova leaving the court

Vaecslav Pavlova leaving the court

Mr Aleliunas had been in Ireland for 15 years, his solicitor John Hennessy said. Applying for free legal aid, he submitted a statement of the accused's financial means. The allegation was one of "ghost brokering" in relation to insurance and Mr Aleliunas's assets had been frozen.

He was employed in security and had no access to his assets, which were all in cash as he owned no property. The prosecuting garda said the assets were more than €250,00, but Mr Hennessy said he believed it was €170,000. There was no objection to legal aid and the judge granted it.

His partner, Anastasija Pavlova, of the same address, is accused of multiple counts of possession of the proceeds of criminal conduct in 2017.

She travelled to Lithuania with her children for the summer. Her case was adjourned to July 29 in her absence.

Her mother, Natalija Pavlova, from Abbeydale Gardens, Lucan and father Viaceslav Pavlov, from Earlsfort Road, Lucan, are each charged with eight counts of possession of criminal proceeds, in 2017. The amounts involve around €20,000 each.

Victor Titov, of Ardbrae Park, Bray, Co Wicklow, is charged with 15 counts of deception. One of his charges states that the offences were carried out while he was acting as an insurance intermediary, within the state on a date in 2015.

Smaller

Mr Titov was also on bail from a garda station, his solicitor Wayne Kenny said. The prosecution was happy for bail terms to continue. In his case, the amount involved in the charges was €8,000 and he was alleged to have been a "much smaller player" than Mr Aleliunas.

Judge Jones gave each the formal warning that they had 14 days to furnish the prosecution with details of any alibis they intended to rely on in the course of their trials. The four were sent forward for trial to Dublin Circuit Criminal court, to appear there on July 10.

Meanwhile, two other accused were sent forward for trial from the same court, charged in connection with a separate alleged €250,000 motor insurance fraud. Vasyl (48) and Tetyana (44) Kravtsov, of Carton Woods, Maynooth, Co Kildare, had books of evidence served on them.