THE case of a 71-year-old man accused of defrauding a credit union in Castletownbere of €145,195 has been sent to the Central Criminal Court in Cork city for hearing next week.
Matt Heffernan, with an address of 5, Vereker Gardens, Ennis Rd, Limerick, appeared before Judge James McNulty at a District Court sitting in Bantry, where Detective Sergeant DJ O’Shea read out the six charges of theft and fraud, where it is alleged that Mr Heffernan falsely obtained loans at Berehaven Credit Union between the dates of November 2nd 2004 and September 9th 2009.
Mr Heffernan was described in court as an ‘officer’ with the now wound-up credit union at the time of the alleged charges.
The charges in question deal with sums of money of €800, €1,445, €5,000, €7,950, €25,000 and €105,000.
Judge McNulty, with no Garda objection, released Mr Heffernan on bail of €10,000, no cash required and ordered the defendant to appear at the sitting of Cork Central Criminal Court next Tuesday, November 13th.