July 14, 2024

A person who allowed his checking account for use in an lodging fraud rip-off has been ordered to pay €1,000 compensation to his sufferer.

Percy Otoo appeared at Letterkenny District Courtroom the place he pleaded responsible to 2 separate costs underneath the Theft and Fraud Offences Act.

The courtroom was informed that the fees arose of a pretend advert which was posted on the daft.ie for an lodging which didn’t exist.

An individual responded to the advert and despatched two separate deposits of €300 and €700 to safe the lodging on August twelfth, 2020 and in addition on August seventeenth, 2020.

The funds have been made by Digital Fund Switch (EFT) nevertheless it quickly turned obvious that the marketed lodging was not actual.

A Garda investigation was launched and the 26-year-old accused was arrested.

When interviewed Otoo, with an deal with at Rockfield Manor in Dundalk, Co Louth, made full admissions.

He was charged that on August twelfth, 2020, he did interact in changing, transferring, dealing with, buying property that’s the proceeds of a felony conduct, to wit €300 being cash credited to AIB Financial institution Account quantity XXXXXXXX within the title of Percy Otoo whereas figuring out or being reckless as as to if or not that the stated property was the proceeds of felony conduct.

He was additionally charged that on August twelfth, 2020, he did interact in changing, transferring, dealing with, buying property that’s the proceeds of a felony conduct, to wit €700 being cash credited to AIB Financial institution Account quantity XXXXXXXX within the title of Percy Otoo whereas figuring out or being reckless as as to if or not that the stated property was the proceeds of felony conduct.

His barrister, Mr Ciaran O’Rourke BL, informed the courtroom that Otoo had made no monetary profit from his involvement within the incident saying he had been requested by a 3rd occasion if his checking account might be used.

Mr O’Rourke stated his consumer, a father-of-two who works in retail, now admits that his actions have been reckless.

He additionally advised that his consumer had been the topic of an assault and that he additionally feels he’s the topic of some threats on account of his involvement within the incident.

The courtroom was informed that the accused man additionally has a medical historical past and that he suffered a mind tumour on the age of simply 11 which resulted in poor reminiscence and focus.

Nonetheless, Mr Rourke stated his consumer stated he didn’t wish to use this as an excuse for his actions.

“He isn’t a felony however a naive and trusting man,” added his barrister saying his consumer had no earlier convictions.

A probation report on Otoo stated that he has cooperated absolutely, that he had expressed regret and that he’s at a low danger of reoffending.

Decide Éiteáin Cunningham stated the report was certainly optimistic and that Otoo had not come to Garda consideration since.

She directed a compensation order for a sum of €1,000 already handed into the courtroom by Otoo to be paid to the injured occasion and took all different costs into consideration.

Man ordered to pay €1,000 compo for half in lodging fraud was final modified: September twenty sixth, 2023 by Employees Author