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Two former Anglo Irish Bank executives sent forward for trial over alleged fraudulent loan

TWO former Anglo Irish Bank executives have been sent forward for trial in connection with an alleged fraudulent €8m loan.

Willie McAteer and Pat Whelan were served with books of evidence yesterday when they appeared before Judge Anthony Halpin at Dublin District Court.

Judge Halpin was told the DPP consents to the two, who are both on €11,000 bail, being returned for trial to Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

The judge made the order sending them for trial and said they must face their next hearing on November 28 when the case will be listed for mention.

Former finance director Mr McAteer is accused of fraudulently obtaining a loan from Anglo to pay off a personal loan with Bank of Ireland in September 2008.

Mr Whelan (52) used to work as the director of lending at Anglo and is accused of being a party to the same loan.

Neither Mr McAteer (63), of Green Rath, Tipperary, or Mr Whelan, of Coast Road, Malahide, Co Dublin, have indicated how they intend to plead and there was no objection to them remaining on bail.

They were also given the standard warning that if they intended to use alibis in their defence they must notify the prosecution within 14 days.


Mr McAteer quietly said "yes" when asked if he understood and his co-accused nodded.

The judge also directed that copies of video evidence be handed over to their solicitors, Michael Hanohoe and Michael Staines at the hearing.

They were originally charged in August and face one count of breaching the Companies Act in 2008.