Evidence wait for liquidator accused of theft of €450k

Stephen Cheung
Stephen Cheung

THE State has been given another two months to complete a book of evidence for the trial of a liquidator accused of stealing approximately €450,000 from companies in the process of being wound up.

Stephen Cheung, 38, with an address at Herberton Drive, Rialto, in Dublin, has been charged with 19 counts under the Theft and Fraud Act for offences which are alleged to have occurred between 2009 and 2013. 

The insolvency practitioner is accused of theft of various sums from 19 separate companies which had gone into voluntary liquidation. 

A book of evidence was due to be served on him when he appeared at Dublin District Court today however the prosecution required another two months.

The defendant was remanded on continuing bail to appear again on September 30th next when it is expected that he will be served with the evidence and returned for trial at the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.                             

Earlier Det Sergeant Paschal Walsh, of the Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation, told Dublin District Court that Mr Cheung was arrested by appointment on June 30th last. 

He was charged with the offences at Kevin St Garda station and “made no reply” under caution.

Det Sergeant Walsh had told Judge Anthony Halpin that the DPP directed trial on indictment, meaning the case must be dealt with at the higher level, in the circuit court.

Mr Cheung, who has not yet entered a plea, has already surrendered his passport and the court has ordered him not to apply for a new one or for any other travel documents. He was granted free legal aid at an earlier hearing.