Businessman charged with theft of €1.25m from Vodafone Ireland

David McGovern (40) from Burrow Manor, Co Kildare, made no reply to charges

David McGovern (40), from Burrow Manor, Calverstown, Co Kildare, appeared at Dublin District Court yesterday following his arrest by officers from the Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation

David McGovern (40), from Burrow Manor, Calverstown, Co Kildare, appeared at Dublin District Court yesterday following his arrest by officers from the Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation

Fri, Aug 1, 2014, 01:00

A businessman has been charged with theft of €1.25 million from Vodafone Ireland over a four-year period.

David McGovern (40), from Burrow Manor, Calverstown, Co Kildare, appeared at Dublin District Court yesterday following his arrest by officers from the Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation.

The defendant, who runs an electronics firm, was arrested at 11.05am yesterday, at the Greenogue industrial park, in Dublin, Det Garda Stephen Niland told Judge Anthony Halpin.

Mr McGovern, dressed in a red top and blue jeans, was then brought to the Bridewell Garda station in Dublin city centre where 36 charges were put to him, after which he made “no reply to each charge”.

Det Garda Niland said he had no objection to bail providing Mr McGovern abides by conditions to reside at his current address and to sign on twice weekly at Naas Garda station. He would also have to notify gardaí of any change of address, the court heard.

The Director of Public Prosecutions has decided that he must face “trial on indictment” meaning the case is to go forward to the Circuit Court.

Judge Halpin released the defendant, who did not address the court, on bail to appear again in September when it is expected he will be served with a book of evidence and sent forward for trial.

There has been no indication as to how he intends to plead and his lawyer told the judge that free legal aid was not required. The defence also confirmed that Mr McGovern was agreeable to abiding by the bail terms.