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1,500 'clients' Man charged with 'claiming to be a barrister' while running '€1.2m bogus practice' remanded

David Williams allegedly presented himself as a barrister offering immigration advice among other services

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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 accused of operating a €1.2m bogus legal advice practice has been further remanded on bail so his case can join up with that of a co-accused.

David Williams (64) allegedly presented himself as a barrister and was 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 earlier 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.

The case was before Blanchardstown District Court yesterday for the service of the book of evidence.

Gda Gorman, from the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau, asked for the case to be transferred to Dublin District Court, in the Criminal Courts of Justice, on a date in September, when Mr Williams’ co-accused is due to appear.

The book of evidence was not yet ready but Gda Gorman said the book of evidence would be ready on that date.

Judge Gerard Jones adjourned the case to a date in September, and he extended time for the service of the book of evidence.

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

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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