Ex-Anglo worker denies conspiracy

A former Anglo Irish Bank employee denied to gardaí that she was involved in a conspiracy to conceal bank accounts from Revenue as part of a tax evasion scheme.

Ex-Anglo worker denies conspiracy

Aoife Maguire, along with two former senior Anglo managers, is accused of holding back certain off-shore bank accounts connected to former chairman Sean FitzPatrick, from the Revenue and of trying to delete records of the accounts from the bank’s computer system.

Ms Maguire, aged 62, of Rothe Abbey, South Circular Rd, Kilmainham, Dublin; former chief operations officer Tiarnan O’Mahoney, 56, of Glen Pines, Enniskerry, Co Wicklow; and former company secretary Bernard Daly, aged 67, of Collins Avenue West, Whitehall, Dublin, have pleaded not guilty to seven counts at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Detective Garda Eoin Browne told Kerida Naidoo, prosecuting, at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, that he interviewed Ms Maguire about the allegations

in 2013.

Gardaí put it to Ms Maguire that she was engaged in a conspiracy to conceal or destroy accounts which were sought by Revenue.

“I was not,” she replied.

In a second interview, gardaí put it to Ms Maguire that she was instrumental in deleting six accounts from the bank’s record system. They said that an IT worker said that she had ordered him to delete the accounts.

Ms Maguire said she never approached that worker to do anything and said she doesn’t know why he would claim this.

Gardaí said someone either asked her or directed her to have the accounts deleted. Ms Maguire replied that this may have happened but she didn’t remember it.

She said Mr FitzPatrick had never ordered her to do anything in the bank. She said she didn’t socialise with him but would have spoken to him as Mr FitzPatrick “spoke to everyone”.

The trial continues.

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