Former solicitor to be sentenced on fraud charges

Vincent O’Donoghue pleaded guilty to three counts of fraud dating back to the late 1990s

Vincent O’Donoghue pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to fraudulently converting cheques which were to be used as deposits on properties in Dublin and Belfast. Photograph: Collins Courts.

Vincent O’Donoghue pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to fraudulently converting cheques which were to be used as deposits on properties in Dublin and Belfast. Photograph: Collins Courts.

Sat, Mar 1, 2014, 01:00

A former solicitor has pleaded guilty to three counts of fraud dating back to the late 1990s.

Vincent O’Donoghue (62, above) of Whitworth Road, Drumcondra, Dublin, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to fraudulently converting cheques which were to be used as deposits on properties in Dublin and Belfast.

O’Donoghue admitted fraudulently converting cheques for £4,000 and £9.643.09 which were entrusted to Property World by Barry Redmond to put as a deposit towards the purchases of properties on Omeath Street and Portmine, Belfast, on July 2nd, 1992 and November 25th, 1998.

He also admitted fraudulently converting a cheque for IR£15,500 by Ciaran Henderson to be put as a deposit for purchase of a property at Richmond Square, North Brunswick Street, Dublin, on January 22nd, 1999.

The State had previously objected to O’Donoghue being released on bail as they considered he might be a flight risk. The High Court granted him bail on condition he hand his passport over to gardaí, the court heard yesterday.

O’Donoghue was remanded to appear for sentencing on June 4th.