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Friday 19 October 2018

Man faces trial over €1.1m international invoice fraud probe

Haastrup Oluwaseun was released on his own bond of €1,000
Haastrup Oluwaseun was released on his own bond of €1,000

A 33-year-old man is facing trial on money-laundering charges over having €1.1m in crime proceeds.

The alleged laundered funds were in connection with a probe into an international invoice redirection fraud against a Danish company.

Haastrup Oluwaseun, a Nig- erian national with an address at Wellview Park, Mulhuddart, was charged with two offences under Section Seven of the Criminal Justice (Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing) Act 2010.

He is accused of having €1.1m and €14,000, the proceeds of criminal conduct, in accounts in a Dublin bank on May 13, 2016.

He appeared before Judge Bryan Smyth at Dublin District Court yesterday.

Detective Neville McCormack, of the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau, told the court the accused was arrested at 8.12am that morning at his address. He was taken to Blanchardstown Garda Station and charged.

Objection

"I don't know anything about it," he replied when charged with one offence, and had a similar reply to the second count, Judge Smyth was told.

There was no objection to bail.

The court heard the Director of Public Prosecutions had directed he is to face trial on indictment, meaning his case will go before a judge and jury in the Circuit Court.

Mr Oluwaseun, who was wearing a green camouflage jacket, blue jeans and runners, did not address the court.

Michele Finan, defending, said there was consent to a 12-week remand for the preparation of a book of evidence.

The solicitor also said her client had psychiatric problems.

There was no garda objection to legal aid. No bail terms were sought by gardai.

Mr Oluwaseun was released on his own bond of €1,000 and ordered to appear again at the District Court on October 10, when it is expected he will be served with the book of evidence and sent forward for trial.

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