Seán FitzPatrick facing 12 charges over financial irregularities

Friday 01 March 2013 22.02
Seán FitzPatrick was before Dublin District Court this morning
Seán FitzPatrick was before Dublin District Court this morning

Former Anglo Irish Bank chairman and chief executive Seán FitzPatrick has been sent forward for trial on 12 charges in connection with alleged financial irregularities at the bank.

He is accused of making false, misleading or deceptive statements in relation to millions of euro to the company's auditors, Ernst and Young, over a six-year period.

The amounts on the charges are €5.1m in 2002; €14m in 2003; €23m in 2004; €42.1m in 2005; €60.9m in 2006 and €139.8m in 2007.

Judge Patricia McNamara noted this was not a legal aid case.

She remanded Mr FitzPatrick on continuing bail to appear before Dublin Circuit Criminal Court in three weeks’ time.

It is alleged that Mr FitzPatrick did not inform the auditors about loans to himself and others that he had authorised, or about an arrangement between Anglo and Irish Nationwide Building Society whereby Irish Nationwide loaned him money.

Detective Inspector Ray Kavanagh of the Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation told Dublin District Court this morning that he was serving one of the 12 volumes of the book of evidence on Mr FitzPatrick and handed it to him.

He said the remaining 11 volumes would be handed to Mr FitzPatrick’s solicitor.