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Ireland: Former developer charged with stealing and laundering €200,000

Ireland: Former developer charged with stealing and laundering €200,000

A former millionaire developer has been charged with stealing and laundering more than €200,000 as part of a property registration fraud.
Businessman Philip Marley (49) appeared in court accused of fraud in the registration of ownership of two Dublin properties, and transferring criminal proceeds.

Judge Victor Blake granted him bail and adjourned the case for the preparation of a book of evidence.

Mr Marley, with an address at Rathbourne Court, Ashtown, Dublin, is charged with two counts of theft, two of money laundering and four property registration offences, all on dates between 2016 and 2018.

The sums allegedly involved are €21,875 and €246,250.

Detective Garda Ronan Farrelly told Cloverhill District Court the accused was charged at 8.40am yesterday at Tallaght garda station.

He was cautioned and his reply to the final charge was “not guilty.”

Defence solicitor Michael Byrne applied for bail and Det-Gda Farrelly said there were no objections, subject to conditions.

“The minute he was advised of the pending charges, he was outside the jurisdiction, and he immediately took steps to come home and face the charges,” Mr Byrne said of the accused.

Judge Blake granted bail with an independent cash surety of €5,000.

Under conditions, Mr Marley must sign on weekly at a garda station, surrender his passport, which is already in garda possession, undertake not to apply for any other travel document and not leave the jurisdiction.

Mr Marley must consent to the Garda notifying the director of the passport office of these conditions.

The DPP directed trial on indictment, Det-Gda Farrelly said.

Judge Blake remanded the accused on bail to appear in Dublin District Court on June 9.

Applying for free legal aid, Mr Byrne said Mr Marley was on jobseeker’s allowance. Det-Gda Farrelly said he would need time to consider this and the judge deferred a decision on legal aid.

Mr Marley is charged with transferring €21,875, the proceeds of criminal conduct between March 7 and 14, 2018, and €246,250 between March 15 and March 23 that year.

He allegedly stole €21,875 on March 7, 2018, and €246,250 on March 15 from a named company at AIB Capel Street.

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