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Adrienne Carney was caught after gardaí found a text on a seized phone in which the use of her Revolt account "for reward" was discussed.

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A MONEY mule allowed the use of her account for the transfer of €3,000 in crime proceeds, a court has heard.

Adrienne Carney was caught after gardaí found a text on a seized phone in which the use of her Revolut account "for reward" was discussed.

The case was adjourned at Blanchardstown District Court.

Carney (50), with an address at Castletown, Leixlip, Co Kildare is charged with money laundering on February 27, 2020.

Garda Sergeant Maria Callaghan said the DPP consented to the case being dealt with in the district court if the judge accepted jurisdiction.

She told Judge David McHugh a mobile phone was seized during a search at Foxborough Road, Lucan in April 2020.

This phone was examined and information was obtained from it that related to money laundering. There was a WhatsApp conversation between the accused and the owner of the phone, she said.

This referred to the use of Carney's account for reward. On February 27, €3,000 was transferred into the accused's Revolut account.

The court heard the money was withdrawn in several transactions that day. It was a "money mule case" where an account was allowed to be used for money laundering, Sgt Callaghan said.

Judge David McHugh accepted jurisdiction, allowing the case to remain in the district court.

He adjourned the case to a date next month.

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