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Post Office man's trial over theft of €25,000

A POST office worker accused of stealing €25,000 cash from a business client of An Post while he worked in the central cash office has been sent forward for trial to the Circuit Court.

Morgan Sheehy (54) is also accused of falsifying an accounting document to hide that he had taken the money, which has not been recovered.

A court previously heard that Sheehy lost his job in the GPO on Dublin's O'Connell Street following the allegation.

State solicitor Dermot O'Neill said the book of evidence was ready and had been served on the defendant.

Mr O'Neill said Sheehy was to be sent forward to the present sittings of Dublin Circuit Court on charges one and two in the book of evidence.

Sheehy, of Castaheaney, Clonee, is charged with falsifying an accounting document in an attempt to make gain for himself.

It is alleged he reduced the lodgement from a business customer from €57,500 down to €32,500. He is also accused of stealing €25,000 in the same incident on August 14 last year.

Detective Garda Paul McHugh previously alleged that Sheehy was working in An Post's Cash Remittance Unit in the GPO at the time, which accepts large amounts of money from business customers.

The detective alleged Sheehy was working on August 14 when Group 4 Security arrived with a business deposit from Lidl, for €57,500.

Gda McHugh claimed that Sheehy changed entered a figure of €32,500 in the Cash Remittance Unit's cash book, and put that money in the safe.

He is alleged to have stolen the balance.

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