Financial controller accused of stealing almost €300k from Dublin firm

Financial controller accused of stealing almost €300k from Dublin firm

A FORMER financial controller at a Dublin 4 law firm has been served with a book of evidence and sent forward for trial accused of stealing almost €300,000 from the company.

Mother-of-one, Donna Magee, 45, with an address at Hollyfield, Dungannon, Co. Tyrone, has been charged by the Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation following her extradition from Northern Ireland.

The book-keeper faces 28 counts of theft of varying sums amounting to €290,000 from the firm O'Mara Geraghty McCourt Solicitors based at Northumberland Road, in Ballsbridge, in Dublin 4. The offences are alleged to have occurred in 2008 and 2009 when she was employed as a financial controller at the law firm.

Dublin District Court heard that about €180,000 has been recovered. 

The DPP has directed trial on indictment, Judge Michael Walsh was told. This means the case will be dealt with at the higher level, in the circuit court, which on conviction can impose lengthier sentences.

A book of evidence was served on her at the district court and Judge Walsh ordered a return for trial. He warned her that if she intended to use an alibi in her defence, she must inform the prosecution with 14 days.

Ms Magee, who has not yet entered a plea, was remanded on bail by Judge Walsh to appear at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court on October 9th next. Legal aid was granted to include representation of senior counsel.