Conor McKee, aged 26, withdrew cash in three different locations because he was worried he would be caught. He said he had not used his account in six months and then noticed that a large amount of cash had been lodged into it.
He acknowledged in interview that he knew the money was not his and wondered where it had come from.
“I had no money and it appeared in my account,” McKee told gardaí.
McKee of Meile An Ri View, Balgaddy, Clondalkin, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to stealing €7,939.35 from Bank of Ireland in three locations on April 24, 2014. His 22 previous convictions include 21 for road traffic offences.
Garda Niall Cleary told Garrett Baker, prosecuting, that the funds were lodged by means of a forged cheque made payable to McKee, but he agreed gardaí were satisfied the accused had nothing to do with the lodgement.
Judge Melanie Greally remanded McKee on continuing bail until February 23.
Cathal Ó Braonáin, defending, said his client had recently become a father and was having trouble securing full-time employment. He got part-time work as a labourer three weeks ago and had €500 in court to offer as compensation.