Saturday 24 March 2018

Ex-worker at the NCH accused of ¤50k scam

A FORMER accounts department employee in the National Concert Hall (NCH) has been ordered by the High Court not to dissipate around €50,000 which she allegedly fraudulently diverted for her own benefit.

It is claimed Mary O'Toole, who had worked as a locum in the NCH, diverted the money, which was due to suppliers, over a three-month period.

Mr Justice Paul Gilligan yesterday granted the NCH temporary injunctions preventing her from removing, dissipating or reducing €50,000 held in bank accounts which it (NCH) claims is its money.

Kathleen Barrington, for the NCH, said that O'Toole started in November 2011 and worked until earlier this year when she was fired for what was believed to be incompetence.

Her working arrangements and payment had been arranged through a recruitment agency, and her role was to ensure that suppliers were paid.

After she was dismissed, suppliers complained that they had not been paid even though the NCH's electronic records showed they had been, counsel said. An investigation began and auditors discovered she had diverted payments into an account in her own name in Malahide and to another account, the holder of which they do not yet know, in Dundalk, she said.


The NCH knows very little about O'Toole and while it is thought she had an address at Clarehall in Dublin, it was not certain this was a correct address, counsel said.

The recruitment agency was asked but had not supplied her home address, bank accounts or email details due to data protection concerns. The gardai had also been informed.

Mr Justice Gilligan ordered the recruitment agency to supply the NCH with the information it required and also said the relevant banks should be informed of the court's orders.

The matter is to come back before the court later this month.


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