Limerick man admits handling stolen cheques

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

A YOUNG man will be sentenced in February after he pleaded guilty to handling stolen cheques which were made out for amounts totalling more than €40,000.

A YOUNG man will be sentenced in February after he pleaded guilty to handling stolen cheques which were made out for amounts totalling more than €40,000.

When arraigned at Limerick Circuit Court, Sean Leo, aged 22, of Kilballyowen, Bruff pleaded guilty to a total of 11 offences.

Eight of the offences relate to the handling of stolen cheques on various dates and locations between September 27, 2010 and January 27, 2011.

Judge Carroll Moran was told the cheques, which were made out to a number of different people, ranged in value from €104 to €20,000.

The offences happened at a number of different bank branches in Limerick city and at Garrowen Post Office, the Imperial Bar, Upper Carey’s Road, and the former Cash Converters’ premises on Parnell Street.

It is the prosecution case that all of the cheques, which were handled by the defendant were previously stolen after they were sent in the post to the intended recipients.

During the same court sitting, Leo also pleaded guilty to stealing almost €10,000 by cashing stolen cheques.

The amounts ranged from €907.32 to €8,300 and related to stolen cheques which were cashed.

Those offences happened on dates between February 24, 2010 and September 9, 2010 and happened at bank branches in Limerick city and in Bruff.

Leo was remanded on bail until February 15, next when he will be sentenced.

Another individual who faces 19 charges relating to similar offences is currently before awaiting trial.