A FILE is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions in the case of two Moldovan nationals who are accused of having items of gold jewellery which were filled with lead.
Igor Frunza, aged 41, who has an address at College Orchard, Newbridge, County Kildare and Oleg Boldescu, aged 29, also of College Orchard, Newbridge are accused of possession of assorted items of jewellery “which were lead filled in order to artificially inflate the weight” and therefore the value of the jewellery.
That offence is alleged to have happened at a jewellery store in the city centre on January 15, last.
Mr Boldescu faces two additional charges relating to two incidents at cash-for-gold premises in the city centre on the same date.
It is alleged that at one of the premises he was paid €1,650 in cash for items of jewellery, which were fake and filled with lead.
Opposing bail applications made by each of the defendants, Detective Garda Joe Cusack alleged that when arrested last week both men were found in possession of 15 items of gold jewellery, which had been injected with lead.
He said the value of the jewellery seized was around €2,000 but could have been sold for a price three of four times that figure.
“We are satisfied the possession of these items cannot be easily explained,” said Sergeant Donal Cronin who added that gardai believe the defendants intended using the fake jewellery in a deception-type offence.
Det Garda Cusack said he was concerned the defendant’s would leave the jurisdiction if released.
The court was told gardai have been liaising with Interpol and that inquiries were made with the Moldovan consulate in London to confirm the identity of both men.
During the bail application Judge Marian O’Leary was told that while both men are Moldovan they also have Romanian identity cards under a dual-citizenship agreement between the countries.
In the case of Mr Boldescu, Det Garda Cusack said gardai also recovered false Lithuanian documentation in his car which he admitted he used for “work purposes”.
In their evidence, both men said they would abide by any bail conditions and would not leave the jurisdiction until after the conclusion of the case against them.
Despite the garda objections, Judge O’Leary granted each of the defendants bail subject to strict conditions including a significant cash lodgement.
Both men were ordered to live at the same address in Newbridge and they must each obey a nightly curfew. and sign on daily at the local garda station.
They were ordered to surrender their passports and travel documentation to gardai and not to apply for replacements.
The case was adjourned until February 24, next for DPP’s directions.