Furbo fraudster repaid only half of stolen €10,000

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Convicted fraudster – A Furbo man convicted of defrauding a bank for €10,000 has only repaid half that sum thus far, Galway District Court heard on Monday.

Brian O’Mahoney of Poilini, Furbo was convicted of fraud after taking out a deceptive €10,000 loan at the Galway Shopping Centre Permanent TSB in the spring of 2015.

The 67-year-old was told to pay the full amount by Monday – but he only came up with €5,000.

Solicitor for the defense Valerie Corcoran stated that her client needed time to “get his finances in order”.

She added that he has since taken full-time employment and plans to pay the rest of the money as soon as possible.

District Court Judge Mary Fahy said that she was “highly suspicious” of the defendant, noting that he would go to prison if he didn’t pay the full amount.

She added that the court had already given O’Mahoney plenty of chances.

“You have made promises before,” she reminded him directly.

O’Mahoney responded that he clearly understood the implications.

Ms. Corcoran stressed that his circumstances have changed and that he is prepared to pay the full amount on time.

The judge gave him until September 17 to pay the remaining €5,000.