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Dean Coleman said he continued with transactions against his will

Dean Coleman said he continued with transactions against his will

Dean Coleman said he continued with transactions against his will

An alleged money mule allowed his bank account to be used to launder more than €51,000 in crime proceeds, it has been claimed.

Dean Coleman (24) maintained he was tricked by others into giving out his PIN before the money was lodged in his account in six fraudulent transactions, a court heard.

Judge David McHugh said he needed to hear further evidence of how Mr Coleman allegedly benefited from the transactions before he can make a decision on a venue for the case.

Mr Coleman, of Dodsborough Cottages, Lucan, is charged with possession of €51,179 that was the proceeds of criminal conduct.

Blanchardstown District Court heard the offence allegedly happened at AIB, Main Street, Lucan, between June 12 and 27 last year.

Sergeant Maria Callaghan said the DPP was directing summary disposal of the case at district court level.

Evidence

Outlining the evidence for jurisdiction purposes, Sgt Callaghan alleged the accused acted as a money mule by allowing his bank account to be used to launder €51,179 in six fraudulent transactions.

Sgt Callaghan said €25,000 was successfully recovered, but the remainder had already been withdrawn.

It was alleged Mr Coleman was tricked into handing over his PIN and Iban number, and he told gardaí he continued with the transactions against his will.

Sgt Callaghan said at the time it was not accepted by gardaí that this account was credible, but they did accept the accused was "not the major beneficiary".

The judge asked if there was any evidence of how Mr Coleman allegedly benefited from the offence.

Sgt Callaghan said gardaí would say he received a "contribution" for allowing his account to be used.

The figure involved was "quite large", the judge said.

It was a complicated file, Sgt Callaghan said, and the investigating garda would be able to provide more information.

Judge McHugh said he had to hear "every fact" before finalising the issue of jurisdiction.


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