No bail for pizza deliveryman allegedly involved in €3million fraud
A PIZZA deliveryman has been refused bail after he was charged in connection with an invoice redirect fraud worth almost €3m.
Atis Saaed (28) from Pakistan but with an address at of Churchwell Road, Belmayne, in, north Dublin had been arrested during a Garda National Economic Crime Bureau investigation into a case of money laundering to the value of €2.8 million.
He had been detained at Ballymun Garda Station under the provision of Section Four of the Criminal Justice Act 1984 following his arrest at a house in north Dublin on Wednesday morning. He was brought to appear before Judge Grainne O'Neill at Dublin District Court on Thursday evening.
Det Sergeant Sean McClafferty told the court that Mr Saaed made no reply when charged with laundering €5,000 contrary to Section 17 of the Criminal JusticeMoney Laundering and Terrorist Financing Act. He said that a more serous charge could be brought against the defendant who moved to Ireland last year.
He objected to bail citing the seriousness of the charges which he said related to an alleged invoice redirect fraud. The court heard that a data storage facility was being built for a D14 based company.
The company allegedly received an email that was thought to be from the construction firm looking for payment of €2.8m and stating they had changed their bank account.
The money was sent to this account by the company who became aware the emails sent to them were fraudulent. The court heard it was alleged the account had set up by the accused and others who had been at his address.
There were four transfers of €39,000 to four bank accounts in his name and it was also alleged he transferred money to a person in the UK.
Det Sergeant McClafferty said a file is to prepared for the DPP and it will be complicated given the nature of the offence. The court heard the funds have now been secured there was “strong documentary evidence” as well as CCTV evidence.
The garda also described him as a flight risk with no job, no family in Ireland. His father a British national has gone to Pakistan and others have left his address in last few weeks and he has no lease, the court was told.
The court heard the accused worked as a pizza deliveryman in Dublin city-centre and earned €200 a week but he was not registered for employment. He studied in the UK from 2009 until last year when he graduated with a business information systems qualification. His passport has been seized by gardai.
Defence solicitor Tony Collier asked the judge to note that his client was of limited means and there was no evidence he had travel plans. He submitted that the charge before the court related to alleged money laundering of €5,000.
He also asked the judge to note that his client had no bench warrants or prior criminal convictions. Bail was refused.
A statement of means was handed in to court and legal aid was granted. Mr Saaed was remanded in custody to appear via video-link at Cloverhill District Court next Thursday.