Former Kilkenny hurler DJ Carey has appeared in court in Dublin charged with multiple fraud and forgery offences over an eight-year period.
The 52-year-old was arrested by appointment in Dublin this morning and taken to court by gardaí from Waterford.
The five-time All-Ireland winner faces 21 charges under the Theft and Fraud Offences Act against 25 people.
He is accused of inducing 23 of them to pay him money by fraudulently claiming to have cancer and that he needed the money to obtain treatment.
These offences are alleged to have occurred between 1 January 2014 and 31 December 2022.
He is also accused of twice providing a false instrument with the intention of inducing another person to accept it as genuine, so as to do some act, make some omission or provide some service.
These offences are also alleged to have occurred over the same eight-year period.
His name was called in court this morning as Denis Carey and he stood in the dock before Judge John O'Leary at Blanchardstown District Court.
Detective Sergeant Michael Bourke from Waterford Garda Station gave evidence of Mr Carey's arrest, charge, and caution.
He told the court that he arrested Mr Carey at 9.05am at Blanchardstown Garda Station and said that he made no reply when he was charged with the offences 11 minutes later.
The court was told that there was no garda objection to bail and asked that his address not be read out.
The Director of Public Prosecutions has directed trial on indictment and Mr Carey was handed the book of evidence in court and sent forward for trial at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.
He was granted bail on condition that he sign on every Friday at a Dublin garda station between 9am and 9pm, and provides gardaí with a number to be contacted on at all times.
Mr Carey was also instructed to inform gardaí of all details if he was travelling out of country or to the UK for work.
Judge O’Leary told Mr Carey not to make contact with any witnesses or potential witnesses and granted him free legal aid after a statement of means was handed in.
The judge noted the accused had "no income whatsoever".
Mr Carey was remanded on bail to appear again at the next sitting of Dublin Circuit Criminal Court on 3 November.