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Anglo officials sentenced to jail
01 Aug 2015 08:08
Three former employees of Anglo Irish Bank have been given jail terms of between 18 months and three years for conspiring to hide accounts connected to Sean FitzPatrick from Revenue Commissioners.
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Tiarnan O'Mahoney, 56, Anglo's former chief operating office was sentenced to three years for knowingly furnishing false information to Revenue, conspiring to have accounts deleted from the bank's core banking system and conspiring to defraud Revenue.
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Bernard Daly, 67, who was the bank's company secretary was sentenced to two years for furnishing false information and conspiring to delete accounts from the system and defraud Revenue
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Aoife Maguire, 62, a former assistant manager at the bank was sentenced to 18 months for conspiring to delete accounts and conspiring to defraud Revenue.
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Judge Pat McCartan said this was a very difficult case to deal with.
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He said it was not often that people of such otherwise impeccable character come before the court to be sentenced. He said he had to balance their position with the public interest.
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Judge McCartan said banking must be built on trust and honesty.
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He said Revenue played a critical role in our society in collecting charges needed to sustain services. He said Anglo Irish Bank had a very dishonest approach to its Revenue responsibilities.
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He said when the bank's lie that it had no DIRT responsibilities was exposed, it put together a team.
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This team on the one hand was to co-operate with Revenue but on the other hand, secretly and silently to protect the interests of the bank's Chief Executive, Sean FitzPatrick.
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