Thursday 14 December 2017

Society DJ faces an extra 18 fraud charges

AN ex-DJ accused of defrauding people out of thousands of euro on the pretence that he was selling holidays has had 18 new charges brought against him.

Aaron Weinrib (34) had already been been facing 24 counts of theft and fraud totalling nearly €14,000 in two incidents last year, but has now had a series of further charges of brought by the prosecution.

Weinrib is facing trial by judge and jury on many of the charges after a judge decided they were too serious to be dealt with at Dublin District Court.

The accused, a friend of top model Ali McDonnell, had the case adjourned for the service of a book of evidence.

After hearing an outline of the allegations against the defendant, Judge Denis McLoughlin refused to accept jurisdiction of the case.

This means it will now be sent for trial to Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, and Weinrib was remanded on bail.

The accused, with addresses at Heather Court, Stepaside Park, Stepaside, and a flat at the Lower Rathmines Road, had already been charged with stealing €3,200 at the Stout Bar, Rathmines and €550 at an address at Charlemont, Griffith Avenue, on May 3, 2010.

He had also been accused of inducing people by deception to pay him money on the pretence that he was selling holidays to Las Vegas and New York.

Other charges of theft and deception relate to the alleged selling of purported holidays to New York, Las Vegas and South Africa at locations including Clondalkin, Dun Laoghaire, O'Connell Street, Lower Rathmines Road, Clontarf and South Anne's Street last year.

Before the current proceedings, Weinrib had spent some time sharing a house in Rathfarnham with model Ali McDonnell and her partner Dr Mark Dempsey. The couple do not have any connection with Weinrib's case.

The accused is well known in Dublin social circles as a DJ.


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