A FORMER mart manager has pleaded guilty to theft and fraud charges relating to fraudulent payments totalling almost €500,000
When arraigned at Limerick Circuit Court, Liam Egan, aged 52, of Gortboy, Kilmallock pleaded guilty to a total of 10 charges relating to offences which occurred at Golden Vale Mart, Gotoon, Kilmallock on dates during 2008 and 2009.
Mr Egan, who previously managed the GVM mart in Abbeyfeale, admitted stealing four cheques – the property of GVM – which had a combined value of €182,606.42.
He also pleaded guilty to six charges of “dishonestly by deception” inducing a named individual to accept cheques “knowing that there were insufficient funds” to meet the cheques.
The total value of the cheques was €306,360 and all of the offences happened at Golden Vale Mart, Gotoon, Kilmallock between December 31, 2009 and January 2, 2009.
After his client pleaded guilty to the charges, Andrew Sexton SC, said Mr Egan was making “trojan efforts” to pay back the monies and he requested a lengthy adjournment of the case.
Michael Collins BL, instructed by State Solicitor Aidan Judge, said there was no objection and Judge Carroll Moran said he will impose sentence on October 7, next.
He will also hear the facts of the case on that date.