€4,500 spree with stolen chequebook
WOMAN TO PAY MONEY BACK
A WOMAN charged with obtaining a total of almost €4,500 from local business by fraudulent means, has been given extra time to pay compensation by Judge Donnchadh O Buachalla at Wexford District Court.
Caroline Doyle, 11 Rockview Court, The Faythe, is charged with stealing from a number of local businesses through the fraudulent use of a stolen cheque book.
The incidents happened in June and July 2007 and relate to the following businesses: Pettitts, St Aidan's Crescent; Eurospar, Main Street, Taghmon; Campus, Waddingtown; Flanagan's, Castlebridge; B&J Hore's, Belvedere Road, Wexford; Hotel Curracloe; Doyle's Londis, Ferndale, Wexford; Doyle's Butchers, Clonard; Billy Kelly's, The Faythe, and Brady's Rosslare Strand.
There were various amounts stolen from each business, amounting to a total of €4,450. She is further charged with handling stolen property, namely an AIB chequebook belonging to Gillian Hayes Property Letting, at 11 Rockview Court, The Faythe, on July 27, 2007.
June O' Hanlon, solicitor said it had been hoped that her client would have been able to raise €200 a month from last July but she was finding it difficult due to winter fuel costs etc and was asking for the payment amount to be reduced until March. She had €500 with her in court.
Ms. O' Hanlon said her client was engaging with the Probation Service and also with a counsellor. She had no previous convictions. Her probation officer has suggested setting up a Post Office account in which to save the money and she had done that.
Judge O Buachalla adjourned the case to September and said he hoped that a 'very significant effort' would have been made by then.