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ex-Banker faces trial over €22k theft claims

A FORMER bank official accused of stealing more than €22,000 in cash from a number of elderly account holders has been sent forward for trial.

Michael Lott (24) is alleged to have taken the cash in small amounts, ranging from €500 to €4,600, over three months in 2012.

The accused, of Cronebane, Avoca, Co Wicklow, appeared before Blanchardstown District Court charged with a number of counts of theft.

The alleged thefts took place at Bank of Ireland, Main Street, Celbridge on dates between July and September 2012.

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In relation to the allegations, Garda Sergeant Maria Callaghan previously said it will be alleged Lott was an employee of Bank of Ireland in Celbridge.

On various dates between July 2012 and September 2012, it will be alleged that Lott took cash from a number of bank accounts.

Sgt Callaghan said it will be claimed Lott stole a total of €22,650.

The sergeant alleged five of the victims were elderly, with their average age being 75 years. The remaining two alleged victims had an intellectual disability.

Sgt Callaghan said it will also be claimed that Lott has repaid the money to the bank, and none of the account holders are out of pocket.

A State solicitor said the book of evidence was ready and had been served on the accused who goes forward to the next sittings of Naas Circuit Court.

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