Former executive charged with defrauding Tesco out of €166,470

A former senior Tesco Ireland executive has been accused of conning €116,470 out of the supermarket chain.

A former senior Tesco Ireland executive has been accused of conning €116,470 out of the supermarket chain.

Paul Slevin (aged 46) of Carpenterstown Road, Castleknock, Co Dublin, left Tesco in 2008, where he had held a position of category director.

He was charged today by the Fraud Squad with deception under Section 6 of the Theft and Fraud Offences Act.

He is accused of inducing Tesco Ireland into paying an extra €116,470 in relation to travel services provided to the company.

The charge also alleges that this was to “make a gain for yourself or another” and happened at the supermarket group's head office in Dun Laoghaire, in south Co Dublin, on November 1, 2007.

Detective Sergeant Martin Griffin of the Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation told Judge William Hamill at Dublin District Court that the former executive was arrested this morning.

He was brought to the Bridewell Garda station in Dublin city centre, where he was charged and cautioned after which he replied “No”.

Det Sgt Griffin said the DPP has directed that Mr Slevin is to face trial on indictment and the book of evidence in the case would be completed in four weeks. He also told the court that there was no objection to bail as Mr Slevin is a resident in the State.

Defence solicitor Aoife Corridon said there was consent to the case being put back for four weeks.

Judge Hamill remanded Mr Slevin on bail in his own bond of €500 to appear again on May 11 next.

He did not address the court during the brief hearing and has not yet indicated how he intends to plead.

The DPP's direction for trial on indictment means the case will be sent forward for trial to the Circuit Court, after a book of evidence has been served on Mr Slevin.

A person convicted on indictment for deception is liable to a fine or imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years, or both.

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