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Leona Daly arrives at court in Cork. Photo: Michael MacSweeney

Woman admits theft of €300,000 over five years from credit union

Leona Daly arrives at court in Cork. Photo: Michael MacSweeney

A woman has admitted the theft of more than €300,000 from a busy credit union.

Leona Daly (36), of Meadow Avenue, The Meadows, Knocknaheeny, Cork, appeared before Cork District Court in relation to a total of 167 charges of theft and false accounting.

The charges all relate to Gurranabraher Credit Union in Cork and involve a period dating from 2011 to 2016.

Judge Olann Kelleher was told Daly was admitting all the charges and would be sent forward on a signed plea in relation to each charge.

The counts involve 109 charges of theft and 58 of false accounting.

Daly is no longer an employee of the credit union’s Knocknaheeny branch.

The charges followed a Garda investigation triggered by a complaint from credit union management about alleged discrepancies involving funds.

Judge Kelleher was told by Detective Garda Maura O’Riordan that a total of 167 charges had been levelled.

She said the defendant was charged with the counts at Bridewell garda station last week.

After being cautioned and charged, the defendant made no reply.

Judge Kelleher was told by Inspector Ronan Kennelly that the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has ruled the matter be dealt with before Cork Circuit Criminal Court.

Defence counsel Shane Collins-Daly confirmed to the court his client would be going forward on a signed plea of guilty to each charge.

The amounts involved in the charges range from less than €500 to more than €10,000.

The charges are brought contrary to Section 4 and Section 10 of the Criminal Justice, Theft and Fraud Offences Act, 2001.

Judge Kelleher formally remanded the defendant to appear before the next sessions of Cork Circuit Criminal Court at Angelsea Street on October 22 this year.

He granted free legal aid after it was confirmed to the court that Daly is not now employed.

Judge Kelleher remanded the defendant on bail after gardaí confirmed that there was no objection.

Gardaí further stressed that no specific bail conditions were required in the case.

 

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