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Former solicitors Keith Flynn and Lyndsey Clarke

Former solicitors Keith Flynn and Lyndsey Clarke

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Former solicitors Keith Flynn and Lyndsey Clarke

Two former solicitors are to face trial over an alleged conspiracy to defraud a number of financial institutions.

The accused, one a former Fine Gael election candidate, appeared before Judge Olann Kelleher at Cork District Court on a single charge.

It arose from a garda investigation into the attempted fraud of sums amounting to hundreds of thousands of euro from financial institutions.

Keith Flynn (46), and Lyndsey Clarke (37), both of Blarney Street, Cork, appeared before the court.

Gardai confirmed that the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) had ruled that the matter be dealt with on indictment before Cork Circuit Criminal Court.

Both accused face a single charge that between January 1, 2016 and June 26, 2018, they conspired with each other to defraud Ulster Bank, AIB, Bank of Ireland and other financial institutions by creating false identities to be used for the purpose of obtaining credit dishonestly.

The effect of this was all- egedly to cause potential financial loss to the institu- tions involved.

Family

Judge Kelleher remanded Mr Flynn and Ms Clarke on bail to appear again before Cork District Court on September 2.

The hearing took only a couple of minutes, and the defendants sat beside each other in court.

Garda Sergeant Gearoid Davis confirmed the DPP has instructed the matter be dealt with before a judge and jury.

Graham Hyde, defending Mr Flynn and Ms Clarke, app-lied for free legal aid for his clients.

He said Ms Clarke was on a back-to-work scheme and was earning €217 a week. The former solicitor is a mother-of-two.

Mr Flynn is now working in the catering industry and earning around €500 a week, but is supporting a family of four children.

In light of the submissions, Judge Kelleher granted free legal aid to both.

Ms Clarke became a solicitor in 2012 and unsuccessfully contested the local government elections for Fine Gael in Cork six years ago.

Mr Flynn was a solicitor from 2006 and, for a time, was based in Dublin.

Both are former solicitors who practised as Keith Flynn & Co, Capel Building, Mary's Abbey, Dublin.

The matter was adjourned to September 2 to allow for the service of the book of evidence.