Hungarians hoping to get jobs in an apple-processing factory in Ireland were duped by a fellow national living in Cork into paying €156 each on the pretext that this would cover their flights and accommodation to come over to be interviewed.
Zoltan Huba Henn, aged 41, of The Mews, Classis Lake, Ovens, Co Cork, pleaded guilty yesterday to operating a computer with the intention of making a gain for himself in contravention of theft legislation. The crime was committed between August 30 and September 18, 2013
Emmet Boyle, defending, said Henn had gathered the full amount of compensation for the fraud, which came to about €2,000, and brought that amount in cash to Cork District Court yesterday.
Inspector Gary McPolin said the accused placed advertisements on the internet for Hungarian nationals to come to a real company based in Dungannon, Co Tyrone, that was completely unaware of Henn’s scam.
The ads fraudulently claimed the firm was looking for staff in Hungary and advised those interested to pay €156 via the internet to a bank account, the details of which were given. It was later established that this account was located at a Bank of Ireland outlet in Ballincollig and belonged to Henn.
Mr Boyle, said Henn was now working as a baker, and sending money home to Hungary where he has two children. He had no previous convictions.
Judge Olann Kelleher imposed a four-month suspended sentence on Henn.
Insp McPolin said attempts to identify the Hungarian parties who were at a loss proved unsuccessful. He asked for the €2,000 to be paid instead to the Cork Association for Autism.
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