Psychic turned financier in court accused of fraud offences
Simon Gold (53) from Co Westmeath charged with money laundering and fraud offences
Simon Gold: has not yet entered a plea to the charges
A psychic turned financier has been served with a book of evidence and sent forward for trial accused of fraud and money-laundering offences.
Mr Gold was charged with money laundering by allegedly possessing €800,000 in proceeds of criminal conduct at a bank in Dublin on October 19th, 2012.
A book of evidence was served on him by gardaí.
Mr Gold will face his next hearing on October 19th, 2018.
After the return for trial order was finalised, bail was denied.
Mr Gold, represented by Niall Storan BL and solicitor Brian Keenan, was granted legal aid to include representation of senior counsel at his trial.
In addition to the money-laundering charge he was also charged with deception, that between February 18th and March 9th, 2011, he induced a named man to transfer €28,000 to an account of a named financial consultancy firm.
He faces three other counts of deception with charges that on other dates in 2011 he induced three other people to transfer £30,000, £10,000 and another sum of £10,000 to the account of the same financial consultancy firm.
The businessman was also charged with having false instruments: one blank bank draft and six other bank drafts with various sums, totalling €55 million, payable to three individuals and a named financial advice business.
He is charged that he had these drafts in his custody in Delvin, Co Westmeath, on October 22nd, 2012.
Mr Gold has not yet entered a plea to the charges.