Ex-bankers to stand trial over '€8m fraud'

Published Monday, 11 August 2014
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Two former bankers with the defunct Anglo Irish Bank are to stand trial for alleged fraud over an €8m loan arranged for one of them.

Ex-bankers to stand trial over '€8m fraud'
The pair appeared before court in Dublin on Monday. (© UTV)

Pat Whelan, 54, and Willie McAteer, 63, appeared before Dublin District Court on Monday where they were remanded on bail after being charged under the Companies Act.

The former Anglo directors were remanded on bail by Judge John O'Neill and are due to appear before the court again on 3 November, the Courts Service said.

The ex-bankers are both charged with arranging a loan for McAteer worth €8,246,307 which was secured against shares he held in the liquidised lender.

The charge states that the money was arranged to pay off a loan he owed to Bank of Ireland which he was personally liable for.

The money was allegedly arranged in a borrowing from Anglo on 29 September, 2008.

It also states that the loan provided a gain to McAteer and a loss to Anglo contrary to section 297 of the Companies Act 1963 as substituted by section 137 of the Companies Act 1990.

Both men were directors of Anglo when it went bust.

McAteer, whose address was given as Greenrath, Tipperary town, was a former head of finance and risk with Anglo, while Whelan, who lives on the Coast Road, Malahide, Dublin, was a former head of lending.

A statement from An Garda Síochána confirmed that officers from the fraud squad arrested the men in Dublin city on Monday morning "as part of an ongoing investigation into Financial Irregularities at a Financial Institution in Dublin."

Anglo Irish Bank was nationalised and rebranded the Irish Bank Resolution Corporation (IBRC) following a crippling bailout which cost the Irish state €30bn. It was liquidised last year.

© UTV News
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