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Bray are 'unaware' of Gardaí probe
25 Jan 2015 21:09
The Irish Mail on Sunday today reported that Bray Wanderers are being investigated by the Garda Fraud Squad over allegations that invoices totalling over €450,000 were used to claim state grants for work on the Carlisle Grounds but failed to appear in the club's accounts.
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However, following these revelations Bray have released a statement saying they are "entirely unaware" of any such investigation and have "never been contacted by An Garda Siochana" regarding any irregularities.
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The statement also seemed to suggest unidentified individuals were attempting to destabilise the club: "The club has become aware of attempts to prevent the proposed new administration taking place and canvassing the club to engage in a commercial property development of the Carlisle Grounds."
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The newspaper reported that two whistleblowers, who formerly worked for the League of Ireland club, submitted a dossier to the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, alleging that the work outlined in the invoices - dating from 2007 and 2008 - was never carried out.
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"Bray Wanderers secured a total of €1,463,500 in Government funding between 1998 and 2009," the Mail report said.
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"In that time, it spent only €927,212 on capital fixtures and fittings."
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Bray narrowly avoided relegation from the SSE Airtricity Premier Division last season and were recently taken over by the McGettigan Hotel group, who own the Royal Hotel in the town.
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