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alleged fraud Antrim woman accused of stealing £38k from oil company

45-year-old Janet Meekin from the Kilmakee Road in Templepatrick, is alleged to have stolen £38,000 in cash and cheques from Nicholl Fuel Oils Ltd.

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Janet Meekin leaves Antrim court

PACEMAKER BELFAST Janet Meekin leaves Antrim court

PACEMAKER BELFAST Janet Meekin leaves Antrim court

A Co. Antrim woman appeared in court today accused of£38,000 theft and fraud.

Standing at the back of Antrim Magistrates Court, 45-year-old Janet Meekin confirmed that she understood the two charges against her.

Meekin, from the Kilmakee Road in Templepatrick, is alleged to have stolen £38,000 in cash and cheques from Nicholl Fuel Oils Ltd on dates between March 31 and July 1 2018 and that she abused her position with the oil company to commit fraud in that she “did not follow the correct accounting procedures, with the intention, by means of the abuse of that position to make a gain for yourself or another or to cause loss.”

None of the facts surrounding the charges were opened in court but during a Preliminary Enquiry, the legal step necessary to elevate any case to the more powerful Crown Court, a prosecuting lawyer submitted there was a Prima Facie case against Meekin.

As defence counsel Barry Gibson said he had no contrary submissions, District Judge Nigel Broderick returned the case to Antrim Crown Court for trial.

The court clerk told Meekin that although not obliged to she had the right to comment on the charges or to call evidence to the PE but she declined the opportunity.

Freeing the alleged fraudster on her own bail of £500, DJ Broderick ordered Meekin to appear at the higher court for her arraignment on 13 March.

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