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A FACTORY worker who was allegedly recruited by fraudsters to allow his bank account to be used for laundering more than €35,000 is facing trial.

Toni Kudro (32) was "down on his luck" when he let his account be used for the transfer of crime proceeds in return for a 15pc fee, it is alleged.

The case against him was adjourned at Dublin District Court for the preparation of a book of evidence.

Mr Kudro, of Glenmalure, Main Street, Blanchardstown, is charged with possession of the proceeds of criminal conduct - €8,869 - between September 22 and 25, 2017.

He is also charged with a second count of the same offence, in the sum of €27,036, on a date between September 27 and October 2 that year, at an unknown place in the State.

The prosecuting garda told Judge Bryan Smyth the accused was employed in a fruit-packing factory when he was allegedly recruited by a colleague to allow his account be used for the transfer of the proceeds of fraud.

Mr Kudro was the recipient of two transactions into his account, the garda said.

The first amount was the smaller sum and the second was the larger, it was alleged.

Withdrawals

The intended beneficiary of the transactions was a named company.

Withdrawals were subsequently made from the accused's account, as well as transfers to the account of the recruiter, the prosecution maintained. The garda said she later arrested the accused by arrangement at Blanchardstown garda station, on suspicion of money laundering.

He was questioned and co-operated with gardaí, the court heard.

It was alleged Mr Kudro was recruited as a money mule while down on his luck, in return for a 15pc fee.

The garda said the DPP consented to the case being dealt with summarily in the district court, subject to the judge considering the issue of jurisdiction.

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Judge Smyth said he was refusing jurisdiction having heard an outline of the prosecution's case.

This means the accused will be sent forward for jury trial to Dublin Circuit Criminal Court when a book of evidence is ready.

The judge extended time for the preparation of the book of evidence and adjourned the case to a date later this month.

Mr Kudro was remanded on continuing bail.

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