Three ex-Anglo Irish Bank officials found guilty of trying to hide accounts

All three accused of conspiring to destroy, mutilate or falsify documents

From left: Former Anglo officials Aoife Maguire, Tiarnan O’Mahony and Bernard Daly.  From left: Former Anglo officials Aoife Maguire, Tiarnan O’Mahony and Bernard Daly.

From left: Former Anglo officials Aoife Maguire, Tiarnan O’Mahony and Bernard Daly. From left: Former Anglo officials Aoife Maguire, Tiarnan O’Mahony and Bernard Daly.

 

Three former bank officials at Anglo Irish Bank have been found guilty on all charges against them at the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Aoife Maguire (63) of Rothe Abbey, South Circular Road, Kilmainham, Dublin, Bernard Daly (67) of Collins Avenue West, Whitehall, Dublin and Tiarnan O’Mahoney (56) of Glen Pines, Enniskerry, Co Wicklow had been charged with trying to hide accounts, connected to the former chairman of the bank, Sean FitzPatrick, from Revenue between March 2003 and December 2004.

They had pleaded not guilty.

All three were accused of conspiring to destroy, mutilate or falsify documents relating to accounts of John Peter O’Toole, the brother-in-law of Mr FitzPatrick.

Mr Daly and Mr O’Mahoney were accused of furnishing a list of bank accounts in connection with tax that did not include Mr O’Toole’s. And Ms Maguire and Mr O’Mahoney are accused of conspiring to destroy the records of six accounts and defraud revenue.

The accounts were listed in court as Lock Ltd/Suzie Ltd, Carnahalla Ltd/Suzie Ltd, Lock Ltd, Carnahalla Ltd, Triumvirate Properties Ltd and Sean FitzPatrick Trust/Crohan O’Shea Trust.

Before the verdicts were delivered, judge Patrick McCartan asked the foreman of the jury whether his wife was a friend of Ms Maguire. He said the Director of Public Prosecutions office had received an anonymous phone call alleging they were friends.

The foreman said no and the verdicts were then delivered.

The judge then told the foreman he was sorry for having embarrassed him and he was satisfied with his answer. He said the verdict, particularly in relation to Ms Maguire, flew in the face of the allegations made by the caller.

Referring to the contacts with the DPP, after the jury had left, the judge said the events before lunch gave him considerable concern and he regretted to say the accused must remain in custody before sentencing.

The defence teams then made applications on why the three accused should not be remanded in custody pending sentencing. They highlighted the defendants’ ages and their previous clean records.

But the judge said the primary consideration was that they had been found guilty. The consequence of a conviction was custody and being sentenced.

He remanded all three in custody pending a sentence hearing tomorrow at noon.

The first offence, against Mr Daly and Mr O’Mahoney, attract jail terms of up to five years. The offence of conspiracy has not been specifically spelled out in statute and will be for the judge to assess.