Kildare businessman and former solicitor appear on €8.825 million fraud and theft charges

Two Kildare men, a former solicitor and a business man, have been charged with theft and fraud offences amounting to €8.8m.

Two Kildare men, a former solicitor and a business man, have been charged with theft and fraud offences amounting to €8.8m.

The pair, former solicitor John Duffy (42), whose address is listed as Clogheen, Monasterevin, and his former client Tony McAuliffe (69), with an address listed as French Furze, Kildare town, appeared before Naas District Court yesterday morning, October 1.

Court documents have revealed that the allegations date back to March 6, 2007 when a loan for €8.825 million was obtained from the Irish branch of Investec bank for French Furze Holding Ltd, a company set up by Mr. McAuliffe.

The allegation is that the loan was gained by deception and therefore stolen from Investec.

The pair were brought by members of the Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigations.

Judge Desmond Zaidan heard that preparation of the Book of Evidence in the case is ongoing.

The two men were remanded on bail to appear again in court on November 5.

Local solicitor Tony Hanahoe is set to act on their behalf.