'Pawn' who lodged dud cheque avoids jail
A woman who lodged a counterfeit cheque for just under €5,000 into her own bank account avoided jail after a judge said she was a "pawn" in the crime.
Karen Dooley (33) deposited the cheque for €4,963 in her account using a quick-lodge machine, a court heard.
Judge David McHugh said he believed that "other agents" were the protagonists in the offence and gave Dooley an eight-month suspended sentence.
Dooley, of Deerpark Lodge, Tallaght, pleaded guilty to having a fraudulent cheque at AIB, Tower Road, Clondalkin, on April 8 last year.
Blanchardstown District Court heard it was made payable to her and detected by bank staff later the same evening.
"The defendant was identified on CCTV entering the bank and lodging the counterfeit cheque into her own bank account," said Det Gda Patrick Cullen, adding that once staff detected the cheque there was no loss to the bank.
"I believe there were other agents involved, and she was essentially the pawn and they were the protagonists," Judge McHugh said.
Separately, she told gardai she left the scene of a road crash where another car was damaged because her passenger was pregnant and needed medical help. However, gardai did not believe she was driving at the time. The judge fined her €200 and banned her from driving for four years when she pleaded guilty to motoring offences.