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Paul Beggs of Palmer Avenue, Rush, charged with theft

Paul Beggs of Palmer Avenue, Rush, charged with theft

Paul Beggs of Palmer Avenue, Rush, charged with theft

A DUBLIN man accused of stealing more than €26,000 through fraudulent bank transactions has been sent for trial on the charges.

Paul Beggs (46) was served with a book of evidence when he appeared on bail before Swords District Court.

The accused, with an address at Palmer Avenue in Rush, is charged with four counts of theft.

Mr Beggs is facing trial by judge and jury in the circuit court after the allegations were deemed to be too serious to be dealt with in the district court.

It is alleged that Mr Beggs stole €4,741 on dates between March 27, 2018 and June 30, 2018 at Broomfield Business Park in Malahide by fraudulently transferring money, without the consent of the owner, from a number of Bank of Ireland accounts to an AIB bank account.

It is further alleged that on dates between July 1, 2018 and September 20, 2018 Mr Beggs stole €4,984 by fraudulently transferring money from Bank of Ireland to AIB, without the consent of the owner.

Between October 1, 2018 and December 31, 2018, it is alleged Mr Beggs stole €8,044 by fraudulently transferring money without the consent of the owner.

Between January 1, 2019 and April 23, 2019 it is also alleged Mr Beggs stole €9,016 by a fraudulent bank transaction.

In total, it is alleged that Mr Beggs stole €26,785 over a 13- month period in 2018 and 2019.

A State solicitor told Swords court a 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 Cephas Power gave Mr Beggs a formal alibi warning.

Defence solicitor Aoife McNicholl and one junior counsel were assigned on free legal aid.

Judge Power also ordered that a video copy of an interview which Mr Beggs conducted with gardaí be handed to his legal team.

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