Former solicitor charged with €2.8m fraud

Thursday 05 December 2013 21.55
Ruari O Ceallaigh is charged with stealing €2.8m from Sean O Ceallaigh and Co
Ruari O Ceallaigh is charged with stealing €2.8m from Sean O Ceallaigh and Co

A former solicitor has appeared at Dublin District Court charged with stealing €2.8m from his family law firm.

Ruari O Ceallaigh, 42, from Collegeland, Summerhill, Co Meath faces seven charges under the Theft and Fraud Offences Act related to misappropriation of funds from his family law firm.

The thefts relate to seven client accounts at Sean O Ceallaigh and Co.

Detective Sgt Paschal Walsh told Dublin District Court Mr O Cealliagh was arrested this morning. He made no reply to the charges.

Mr O Ceallaigh is charged with dishonestly appropriating a total of €2.8m connected to seven client accounts at the firm of Sean O Ceallaigh and Company.

The offences are alleged to have occurred between 2006 and 2010.

The amounts involved range from €75,000 to €1.5m.

The court was told there was no objection to bail and gardaí were not requiring any conditions to be attached to bail other than an independent surety from his father.

He was remanded on bail to 16 January on his own bond of €100 and an independent surety from his father Sean O Ceallaigh of €5,000.