A former HSE employee has been given a two year suspended sentence after he pleaded guilty to the theft and attempted theft from the HSE and its suppliers.
53-year-old David Cooper pleaded guilty to 12 charges relating to the attempted theft of €107,000 and the theft of €55,000 while working as a HSE employee at St Mary's Orthopaedic Hospital in Cork.
At Cork Circuit Criminal Court, Detective Garda Aidan Forrest gave evidence of how Cooper made out bogus invoices from builders for work on HSE buildings which was never carried out.
Mr Cooper organised payments for these bogus invoices to be paid into two bank accounts but suspicions were aroused over the sums being paid out including one for over €25,000.
Judge Sean O Donnnabhain said it was a serious offence for someone to steal money from their employer but given he worked for the HSE, it was the taxpayer who was out of pocket.