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Sunday 19 August 2018

Woman faces trial on ¤320k bank frauds

A DUBLIN woman accused of stealing €320,000 from a bank has been sent for trial.

Sorcha Halpin (27) allegedly took the money, which was in the form of bank drafts, from Ulster Bank.

It is alleged that she used a computer to cover her tracks over a 16-month period in 2009 and 2010.

She is facing trial by judge and jury in the Circuit Court after the DPP ruled the matters were too serious for the District Court.

The defendant, of Beverton Gardens in Donabate, appeared before Blanchardstown District Court charged with three counts of theft as well as using a computer to make gain for herself or loss to another. It is alleged that Halpin stole €16,445 from Ulster Bank, Main Street in Blanchardstown on December 3, 2009.

It is alleged that the money was in the form of a bank draft which had been made payable to another bank.



Gain

Halpin is also facing four counts of dishonestly operating a computer at Ulster Bank in Blanchardstown and at Ulster Bank, Phibsborough Road to make gain for herself.

These alleged offences took place on September 3, 2009 and on unknown dates between September 3, 2009 and November 4, 2010 and again between November 4, 2010 and December 8, 2010. She is further charged with stealing a €2,516 bank draft, made out to a Santry- based firm of solicitors, from Ulster Bank on September 3.

She is also accused of stealing a second bank draft, made out to a Dublin city centre firm of solicitors, for €303,500.

A State solicitor said the book of evidence was ready and had been served on the defendant, who goes forward to the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Defence solicitor Peter Mullan and one counsel were assigned on free legal aid.

Judge Anthony Halpin gave the defendant the alibi caution, warning her she had 14 days to provide to the State details of anyone she proposed calling as a witness in her defence.

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