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Book of evidence Man (64) sent for trial accused of operating €1.2m bogus legal advice practice

He was served with the book of evidence when he appeared on bail before Blanchardstown District Court.

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David Williams, 64, is from England but has an address at Sroughan, Lacken, Blessington, Co. Wicklow. Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

David Williams, 64, is from England but has an address at Sroughan, Lacken, Blessington, Co. Wicklow. Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

David Williams, 64, is from England but has an address at Sroughan, Lacken, Blessington, Co. Wicklow. Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

A MAN who allegedly claimed to be a barrister while operating a €1.2m bogus legal advice practice has been sent for trial.

David Williams (64) was allegedly paid for legal services in relation to immigration, personal insolvency, divorce and personal injuries.

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, Detective Garda Keith Gorman previously told a court, mainly for foreign nationals in relation to their immigration status in Ireland.

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

Mr Williams, who is from England but with an address at Sroughan, Lacken, Blessington, Co Wicklow, is charged with counts of deception and money laundering offences as well as charges for falsely operating as an insolvency practitioner and as a qualified barrister.

He is facing trial by judge and jury in the circuit court after the DPP directed trial on indictment on the charges.

He was served with the book of evidence when he appeared on bail before Blanchardstown District Court.

A State solicitor said the book of evidence was ready and had been served on the accused, who goes forward to the next sittings of Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Judge Gerard Jones gave Mr Williams the formal alibi warning.

The judge assigned defence solicitor Michael Hennessy and one junior counsel on free legal aid. Judge Jones also acceded to a request for a second, senior counsel, after the court heard that it was a complex case.

Defence lawyer Ciaran MacLoughlin said there were 19 charges, 33 witnesses and a number of injured parties.

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

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As part of his bail conditions, he must reside at his home, have no contact with any witnesses, sign on at his local garda station and not apply for any travel documentation.

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