Dublin businessman accused of €500,000 tax fraud

CourtsBy Tom Tuite
James Jordan
James Jordan

A DUBLIN businessman has been sent forward for trial accused of a €500,000 tax fraud.

James Jordan of Laochfail, Outfarm Lane, Castleknock, who faces 29 charges under the Taxes Consolidation Act, appeared at Dublin District Court today to be served with a book of evidence.

The charges are for a range of offences going back to 2007. He is accused of unlawfully claiming approximately €560,000 in income tax relief. He also has charges for producing false invoices to a Revenue official, as well as not filing correct income tax or VAT returns.

The property developer is being prosecuted by the DPP at the suit of the Revenue Commissioners.

Judge John O'Neill noted that the DPP consented to Mr Jordan being sent forward for trial to the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

He told Mr Jordan that if he intended to use an alibi in his defence he must notify the prosecution within 14 days and furnish them with names and addresses. There was no objection to bail, which was set in his own bond of €500.

Defence counsel Alan Delany asked for legal aid to be granted to his client to include senior as well as junior counsel representation. Judge O'Neill said he was acceding to counsel's request due to the number of charges and their complexity.

Mr Jordan, who has not yet entered a plea to the charges, spoke briefly to confirm his signature on his bail bond.

His next hearing will take place at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court on May 6, Judge O'Neill ordered.