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Wednesday 20 November 2019

Woman agreed to use of her account in €1m bank scam

O’Mahony was spared jail
O’Mahony was spared jail

A woman who allowed her bank account to be used in a €1m fraud has been given an 18-month suspended sentence.

Olivia O'Mahony (22) was asked by her then partner to accept the transfer of €15,000 into her Bank of Ireland account. She then withdrew the cash in a little over two hours by buying £7,000 and $6,000 before her account was frozen.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that O'Mahony's then partner drove her to Dublin city centre and Dublin Airport in order to buy the various currencies and she claimed in interview that she handed all the cash over to him.

Transferred

O'Mahony, of Boyerstown, Navan, Co Meath, pleaded guilty to being in the possession of property knowing that it was the proceeds of criminal conduct on May 17, 2016.

The mother of one had no previous convictions.

The court heard that a fraudulent email was sent to a Danish company that regularly gave a VAT reimbursement to a French client.

The email purported to be from the French company and requested that the VAT refund, which was due, be transferred to a different bank account.

The Danish company complied with the request and in May 2016, €1m was transferred to this newly nominated Irish RaboDirect bank account.

Antonia Boyle BL, prosecuting, told Judge Martin Nolan that very quickly after this lodgement the cash was dispersed into a number of bank accounts including O'Mahony's.

O'Mahony admitted it was her bank account and said her boyfriend at the time had asked if her account could be used.

When officers put it to her that it was "a scam", she responded "yeah" but later added that she didn't know it was illegal. It was acknowledged in court that O'Mahony was facilitating her then partner.

"She was reckless and allowed her account to be used. He abused the position which he held in her life," Kieran Kelly BL, defending, said, referring to O'Mahony's former partner.

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