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Former bank employee accused of stealing €144k from branches in Dublin

CourtsBy Tom Tuite
Alice Warnock, 54, from Rathbeale Ct, Swords, in Dublin was arrested at her home by officers
Alice Warnock, 54, from Rathbeale Ct, Swords, in Dublin was arrested at her home by officers

A FORMER Bank of Ireland employee has been sent forward for trial accused of stealing €144,000 from branches in Dublin over a nine-year period.

Alice Warnock, 54, from Rathbeale Ct, Swords, in Dublin was arrested at her home by officers from the Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation (GBFI).

She was then charged with 77 counts of theft of various sums.

She also faces 26 counts of false accounting contrary to Section 10 of the Theft and Fraud Act as well as one charge for attempted false accounting. 

The offences are alleged to have occurred from 2003 until 2012 at Bank of Ireland's Malahide, Dublin Airport and Talbot St branches.  

Det Garda Siobhan Moore had told Dublin District Court there were 114 charges and the woman “made no reply to each one”. Det Gda Moore said the DPP consented to Ms Warnock being returned for trial to the circuit court and also said that she can be sent forward on a signed plea of guilty should that arise.

The former bank executive appeared again before Judge Anthony Halpin at the district court to be served with a book of evidence.

Judge Halpin made an order sending her forward for trial to the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court where she will face her next hearing on February 19th next. She has not yet entered a plea and must notify the prosecution within 14 days if she intends to use an alibi in her defence.

There was no objection to bail but Ms Warnock was warned she must notify the GBFI of any change of address.