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Fraud probe Extra charges brought against man (64) accused of operating €1.2m bogus legal practice

Mr Williams had already been accused of 10 counts of deception, two money laundering offences as well as charges for falsely operating as an insolvency practitioner and as a qualified barrister

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David Williams pictured at Blanchardstown District Court. Photo: Collins Dublin

David Williams pictured at Blanchardstown District Court. Photo: Collins Dublin

David Williams pictured at Blanchardstown District Court. Photo: Collins Dublin

Additional charges have been brought against a 64-year-old man accused of operating a €1.2m bogus legal advice practice.

David Williams, who is from England but has an address at Sroughan, Lacken, Blessington, Co. Wicklow, was charged last month with 14 fraud offences.

It follows a "vast" investigation into allegations that he posed as a barrister and charged 1500 clients for a range of legal services.

Bail was set at €5,000 and he appeared again on Thursday at Blanchardstown District Court.

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David Williams, 64, outside Blanchardstown District Court. Photo: Collins Dublin

David Williams, 64, outside Blanchardstown District Court. Photo: Collins Dublin

David Williams, 64, outside Blanchardstown District Court. Photo: Collins Dublin

Detective Keith Gorman of the Garda National Economics Crime Bureau said Mr Williams was charged with five further offences of deception in the case.

It was alleged he had two firms providing legal services in Dublin and Co. Wicklow, between January 2019 until the end of 2020, which was advertised on Facebook.

It was mainly for foreign nationals in relation to their immigration status in Ireland, Detective Garda Gorman said.

Bail was extended to the new charges and he was ordered to appear again in July to be served with a book of evidence and sent forward for trial.

The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has directed trial on indictment in the circuit court.

Mr Williams had already been accused of 10 counts of deception, two money laundering offences as well as charges for falsely operating as an insolvency practitioner and as a qualified barrister.

He allegedly advertised online and had three premises to carry out his business in which he charged a total of €1.2m to 1,500 clients, the district court heard earlier.

Detective Garda Gorman alleged Mr Williams represented himself as a barrister and was paid for legal services in relation to immigration, personal insolvency, divorce and personal injuries.

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In excess of €400,000 had been paid to him, it was alleged.

Mr Williams, who is unemployed, contests the charges, the defence have said.

He must reside at his home address, remain in the jurisdiction, obey a curfew, have no contact with witnesses, sign on daily at Blessington Garda station, stay in Co. Wicklow and not apply for travel documentation.

He made no reply when charged.


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