Former solicitor charged with offences totalling €1m

A FORMER solicitor has been charged with eight offences under the Theft and Fraud Offences Act totalling almost €1 million.

Mary Miley, aged 54, of Duncairn Avenue, Bray, Co Wicklow, was arrested yesterday by detectives from the Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation.

She was brought before Judge Murrough Connellan at Bray District Court, where she was granted bail pending the serving of a book of evidence.

Miley is charged with eight offences, which include four counts of deception and four counts of using a false instrument, under the Theft and Fraud Offences Act.

The alleged offences, totalling some €970,000, relate to dates between November 2005 and May 2008, and are in connection with mortgage loans.

During the brief hearing, Inspector Declan McCarthy told of arrest, charge and caution of the accused.

Miley replied “no” when asked by Judge Connellan if she is working. She was granted free legal aid and nominated solicitor Brendan Maloney as her legal representative.

Insp McCarthy indicated to the court that the DPP have directed a trial on indictment and said gardaí had no objection to bail. He requested that Miley sign on once a week at Bray Garda station.

Insp McCarthy also told the court Miley’s passport is with the High Court but that he understands the accused has permission to collect the document.

He requested that the passport be surrendered or that it remain with the High Court. He also requested that Miley not apply for a new one.

Judge Connellan agreed to the requests from gardaí and ordered Miley to sign on at Bray Garda Station each Monday between 9am and 9pm.

The judge remanded the accused, who previously practiced at a law firm in Rathdrum, on bail for four weeks on a bond of €500 and put the case in for November 28 when the book of evidence will be served.

Detectives from the Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation were in court for the hearing.

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