Mum jailed for 18 months for €395k credit union thefts
A Dublin credit union employee who stole up to €395,000 from the lender over a decade has been jailed for 18 months.
Susan Redmond (50) had worked at Larkhill and District Credit Union in Dublin for 20 years and began taking out false loans on members' accounts in 2003, a court heard.
Mother-of-one Redmond completed and signed loan applications and then issued cheques, which she cashed.
Det Gda Dominic McGrath said Redmond's colleagues noticed irregularities on accounts while she was on holiday and launched an investigation.
Redmond, of Thornville Drive, Kilbarrack, Dublin, aff-irmed signed guilty pleas at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to 10 sample charges of stealing from the credit union on dates from July 3, 2003, to April 26, 2013.
Det Gda McGrath said this sample represented 102 theft charges.
Judge Melanie Greally sentenced Redmond to three years in prison on each count, but suspended the final 18 months of each sentence on strict conditions.
She ordered that all sentences will run concurrently.
At an earlier sentence hearing, Det Gda McGrath told Barry Ward, prosecuting, that the 40 account-holders affected by Redmond's thefts were her friends and family and were all reimbursed by the credit union.
He said none of them made statements to gardai.
The detective agreed with Justin McQuade, defending, that this was an "unsophisticated" fraud and that Redmond had nothing to show for it.
He told Judge Greally that he did not believe any of the account-holders affected had been complicit.
He added that Redmond told gardai she could not identify one sizeable purchase she ever made.
Michael Dempsey, a clin- ical psychologist, told Mr McQuade that Redmond was a vulnerable woman who "fitted the criteria for compulsive buying disorder" and was "severely depressed".
Mr McQuade told Judge Greal- ly that Redmond had €20,000 in court as a token of remorse.