A former solicitor has pleaded guilty to theft, fraud and forgery charges amounting to more than €300,000.

40-year-old Mark Cronin, of New Street, Macroom pleaded guilty to eight charges at Cork Circuit Criminal Court.

Cronin pleaded guilty to the theft of €24,000 in cash belonging to another person at Cronin Solicitors, the Square, Macroom, between 1 July 2009 and 15 December 2013.

He admitted deception where he sent a cheque for €100,000 to a solicitor on the South Mall, Cork, knowing the account did not have funds to meet it on 28 September 2010. 

He admitted forgery where he altered a bank draft reading €223,500 to read €333,500 to the prejudice of another person in September 2010.

He also admitted deception where he induced another person to lodge €48,500 into a VAT account with the intention of making a gain for himself.

Cronin pleaded guilty to three further counts of theft on various dates between March 2011 and February 2012 where he stole two sums of money - €30,000 and €40,000 - and a bank draft for €100,000 from the same couple.

Finally, he pleaded guilty to forgery where on January 2012 he made a photocopy of a bank draft worth €121,851 and altered it to read €221,851 before sending it to a solicitor in Cork to the prejudice of another.

When Judge Seán Ó Donnabháin asked what the total loss was, the court was told it was in excess of €300,000.

Sentencing in the case was adjourned until 23 November to allow him to continue attending a psychiatrist.

The judge remanded Cronin on continuing bail for sentencing.