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Teen accused of money laundering over €10k scam

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A teenager has been charged with money laundering after more than €10,000 was allegedly lodged into his bank account in an invoicing scam.

It is alleged Gerdas Svambaris (19) was to be paid a fee to allow his account to be used in the fraud.

He is facing trial after Judge David McHugh refused to accept jurisdiction to deal with the case at Blanchardstown District Court.

Mr Svambaris, of Esker Meadow Lanes in Lucan is charged with possession of €10,913, the proceeds of criminal conduct, at AIB, Main Street in Lucan on April 24 last year.

Defence solicitor Wayne Kenny was in court on behalf of the accused, who was not present.

Genuine

Garda Sergeant Maria Callaghan said the alleged injured party had received an invoice which was part of a scam and believed it to be genuine.

The alleged victim transferred €10,913 into the accused's bank account and it was alleged Mr Svambaris had agreed to allow the account to be used to facilitate the fraud and he was due to receive a payment for this.

According to the prosecution, the accused was driven by an "unidentified male" to a bank to withdraw the funds.

However, the alleged victim realised there was "some issue", contacted the bank and asked for the funds to be cancelled - this was done on time.

Judge McHugh refused jurisdiction and remanded the accused on continuing bail in his absence to January 13, for the DPP to "consider her position".


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