Three charged with stealing €80,000 from EU-funded company

Charges follow investigation by gardaí and Revenue Commissioners

Three company directors have been charged with stealing over €80,000 from a Cork local development company and producing forged documents in relation to over €160,000.

Martin Cremin (46), his wife, Susan Cremin (40), and Simon Atkins (38), are each charged with 19 offences following an investigation by gardaí and the Revenue Commissioners.

Mr Cremin and Ms Cremin of Derry, Banteer, Co Cork and Mr Atkins of Clara Road, Millstreet, Co Cork were charged with the offences at Mallow District Court yesterday.

Funding

All three are charged with stealing €83,500 on October 12th 2009 from IRD Duhallow, which administers EU Leader funding from its offices at Newmarket in Co Cork.

All three also face a further nine charges of forging invoices, cheques and receipts for sums of €49,776, €61,183 and €62,200 in relation to an English company.

Allegations

The State alleges all three forged invoices, cheques and receipts for these sums on various dates between June 2nd 2009 and September 9th 2009, contrary to the Theft and Fraud Offences Act.

The three are also accused of a further charge of producing a false bank statement and eight other charges of issuing or producing forged documents to the Revenue Commissioners.

Judge Brian Sheridan remanded all three accused to appear again at Mallow District Court on October 7th.

Barry Roche

Barry Roche

Barry Roche is Southern Correspondent of The Irish Times