Monday 16 September 2019

Wexford man accused of stealing almost €2 million

Niall Barron
Niall Barron

A Wexford town man who is accused of stealing almost €2million from Vodafone Ireland has been sent forward for trial.

Niall Barron (40) with an address at Ard na Cuan, Wexford was a former Vodafone Ireland executive and had previously held the position of head of corporate financial services at the telecoms company.

He appeared before Judge Anthony Halpin at Dublin District Court last Friday where he was served with a book of evidence by Detective Stephen Niland of the Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation.

Det Gda Niland also served books of evidence on the co-defendants, married couple David and Elaine McGovern, of Burrow Manor, Calverstown, Co Kildare who face connected charges.

Judge Halpin was told the Director of Public Prosecutions consented to them being tried on indictment. Judge Halpin told them that they must notify the prosecution if they intended to reply on alibis.

He noted there was no objection to bail and made an order sending them forward for trial to the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court where they will face their next hearing on February 6. They have not yet indicated how they will plead.

Niall Barron faces charges of attempted theft and two for attempted deception; the remaining counts are split between alleged theft of various sums totalling €1,983,000 from the company, and alleged deception by inducing Vodafone to make payments to named business entities.

It is alleged the offences occurred at Vodafone's HQ in Leopardstown in Co. Dublin from 2003 until 2007.

The McGoverns from Burrow Manor, Calverstown, Co. Kildare are to stand trial on connected charges.

Mr McGovern, who is involved in the running of an electronics firm, is accused of theft of sums totalling €1.25m as well as attempted theft of €68,000. He also has charges of deception in which it is alleged he tried to induce Vodafone staff to pay amounts to named business entities for his own gain.

He is also accused of attempted deception and has charges under the Taxes Consolidation Act.

His wife Elaine McGovern, 41, is accused of handling and possession of stolen money, €939,741, in two bank accounts from February 2003 until August 24, 2004. She also faces charges under the Taxes Consolidation Act for unlawfully submitting invoices which charged €81,000 in VAT.

Wexford People