Former solicitor remanded on bail over arson, fraud, and theft offences

A former solicitor has been remanded on bail having been charged with arson relating to a fire at a pub and solicitor’s office in Macroom, Co Cork, and theft and fraud offences.

Former solicitor remanded on bail over arson, fraud, and theft offences

Mark Cronin, aged 40, with an address at 20, New Street, Macroom, appeared before Judge James McNulty at the district court in the town yesterday. He is charged with committing arson causing damage to a licensed premises and solicitors’ offices at Middle Square, Macroom, on October 4, 2010.

The case was adjourned until May, when Mr Cronin will also face nine charges previously heard in Bandon District Court last month. These include five charges of stealing €273,584.

Mr Cronin has been charged with stealing sums of €100,000, €40,000 and €30,000 from Maurice and Rosemary McCarthy at South Square, Macroom, on dates in 2011 and 2012.

Mr Cronin also faces a charge of stealing €79,364 from Sean O’Sullivan on a date between November 25, 2011, and January 19, 2012, at South Square, Macroom.

He is also charged with stealing €24,220 from Eric Graham at Cronin’s Solicitor’s, The Square, Macroom, between July 1, 2009, and December 15, 2013.

Mr Cronin is also charged with two counts of making gain by deception contrary to section 6 of the Criminal Justice (Theft and Fraud Offences) Act and two charges of making false instruments contrary to section 25 of the same Act.

It is alleged on December 7, 2011, he deceived Sean O’Sullivan into lodging €48,500 into the Cronin Kenneally Vat account, knowing it was no longer in business. Mr Cronin is charged with deceiving Seamus Doody of Doody Solicitors, South Mall, Cork, on September 28, 2010, to accept a cheque as payment for monies owed knowing there were insufficient funds in the account, intending to making a gain for himself.

It is also alleged between September 24 to 28, 2010, he altered a photocopy of a bank draft valued at €223,500 to €323,500. He is also charged with altering a photocopy of a draft value €121,851 to €221,851 on January 16, 2012.

The matters were adjourned to allow for the preparation of a book of evidence, and Mr Cronin’s existing bail was extended on the same terms and conditions. Mr Cronin’s legal aid was extended and he is to appear again in Macroom District Court on May 6.

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