Ex-Anglo clerk faces trial over alleged fraud

Gordon O'Brien leaves Dublin District Court yesterday after being served with book of evidence. Pic: Collins Courts

A former bank clerk has been returned for trial over an alleged €200,000 computer fraud.

Gordon O’Brien, aged 42, a father of two with an address at Springfield, Dooradoyle, Co Limerick, had been arrested by arrangement in December in Dublin City centre.

On December 20, the former Anglo Irish Bank employee was charged with nine counts of unlawful use of a computer under section 9 of the Theft and Fraud Act. He appeared at Dublin District Court, which remanded him on bail to appear again yesterday, when he was served with a book of evidence.

He is accused of dishonestly operating a computer at Anglo Irish Bank’s branch at Henry St in Limerick on dates between September 2010 and June 2011.

Detective Garda Stephen Niland of the Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation had told Judge Patricia McNamara earlier that Mr O’Brien “made no reply to the charges”.

He also said “the estimated value of the losses would be just over €200,000”.

Mr O’Brien is currently working in the UK but his primary residence is his Limerick address and he returns there every weekend. As a condition of his bail, he has to sign on at Roxboro Garda Station every Saturday.

The DPP has directed that the case should proceed on indictment meaning and Judge McNamara was told yesterday that there was consent to Mr O’Brien being returned for trial to the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Judge McNamara made an order sending him forward for trial and, after being furnished with details of his earnings, she agreed to a request from defence solicitor John Bermingham to grant legal aid.

Mr O’Brien, who has not yet entered a plea, was notified by the judge that if he intended to use an alibi in his defence he must notify the prosecution within 14 days. The father of two replied “yes” when asked if he understood.

Det Garda Niland served the book of evidence on him and the judge heard there was no objection to Mr O’Brien remaining on bail pending his next hearing, which will take place at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court on March 7.


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