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Criminals targetting Netflix accounts

An Garda Síochána at the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau have become aware of a ‘fraud’ where criminals are trying to obtain the personal banking or credit details of people under the guise of a request to update personal Netflix accounts with banking and/or credit card details. Gardai say this is a fake email and any financial information disclosed will be used to commit fraud offences, including account take over, where bank accounts are taken over and all funds withdrawn. Detective Chief Superintendent Lordan of the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau is warning the public to never reveal their personal banking or credit card details in response to unsolicited emails, text messages, SMS messages or phone calls. “Where a person is concerned at contact from what appears to be a genuine entity such as Netflix or their Bank, they should look up that entity independently and make contact to check if this contact is genuine,” he says. Detective Chief Superintendent …

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Jail sentence for tax fraud

An ex-director of a building contractor firm is to be sent to jail for a €2.594m Revenue tax fraud after being told that his original suspended term was too lenient. Patrick Mahony (50), with an address at Craglea, Woodstock, Ennis, had pleaded guilty to five Revenue offences over the failure of Boxform Ltd to remit VAT, PRSI and income tax for the years 2006 and 2007. He was given a wholly suspended three year sentence and fined €10,000 by Judge Gerald Keys at Ennis Circuit Criminal Court on April 25, 2017. The Director of Public Prosecutions successfully sought a review of Mahony’s sentence this wewk on grounds that it was “unduly lenient” and he was accordingly jailed for 12 months. Giving judgment in the three-judge Court of Appeal, Mr Justice Alan Mahon said Mahony was a director of Boxform Ltd, a building contractor firm based in Ennis, at all relevant times.In 2007, the company had a turnover of €8.6m and …

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€170k to repay loss suffered by the fraud

A Cratloe-based executive who was jailed for three years for stealing some €260,000 from the solicitor’s firm he previously worked for has agreed to have a receiver appointed over his pension fund. Monies in the fund, estimated to be approximately €170,000, will go towards repaying those who suffered loss by the fraudulent conduct of Garry Carroll. In 2012, Carroll admitted to multiple charges of theft, larceny and embezzlement before Limerick Circuit Criminal Court of from his employers Connolly Sellors, Geraghty Solicitors- now known as Keating Connolly Sellors. Carroll, who worked as a legal executive with the firm from 1978 to 2009, was sentenced to three years in prison. The court heard that the offences were committed over a 10-year period. Fifty-eight-year-old old Carroll, who lived in Limerick for many years but is now residing in Cratloe,said that his actions were due to a gambling problem. The firm brought civil proceedings against Carroll and obtained a judgement against him in 2014 …

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Contractor avoids jail in €2.5m fraud case

AN Ennis building contractor who was “ill prepared” to be in charge of a company employing hundreds of people, has escaped jail but been fined €10,000, having committed “significant Revenue fraud of €2.594 million”. Patrick Mahony, 49, with an address at Craglea, Woodstock was sentenced at Ennis Circuit Criminal Court on Tuesday, having pleaded guilty to five charges out of a total of 16 under the Taxes Consolidation Act 1997. The accused was a former director of Boxform Limited, now in liquidation, a company that had a turnover in excess of €8m at its peak and employed up to 350 people nationwide. The outstanding tax liability across the 16 charges, the court outlined, came to €2,594,446. The five charges are that Mahony, as a director of Boxform Limited, “knowingly or wilfully” delivered incorrect VAT returns to the Collector General in connection with the VAT periods of January/February 2006, November/December 2006 and November/December 2007. He also admitted to failing to file …

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Revenue acknowledge ‘voluntary compliance’

Revenue collected €45.79 billion for the Exchequer last year, an increase of 10.6% on 2014, it has been confirmed. This is the fifth successive annual increase in returns to the Exchequer and the second highest figure for net receipts in the history of the State (only 2007 was higher, at €47.5 billion). Almost all taxes and duties recorded substantial increases with Corporation Tax up 49%, Capital Gains Tax up 28%, and VAT up 7%.” Referring to a strong voluntary compliance culture, Niall Cody, chairman of the Revenue Commissioners, acknowledged the contribution of individual taxpayers, businesses and tax and customs practitioners in the achievement of these results. “I am pleased to report that, for all taxes, the overwhelming majority of customers continue to pay and file on time,” he said at the launch of Revenue’s 2015 annual report. Speaking about Revenue’s objective to provide more services through digital channels, Mr. Cody highlighted some of the advances made during 2015. Turning to …

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A marker against fuel fraud

THE Freight Transport Association of Ireland (FTA Ireland), has welcomed the announcement by the UK and Ireland governments that they are to introduce a marker that will help tackle fuel fraud. This has to be good news to help reduce fuel laundering,” the organisation general manager, Neil McDonnell said. The product will be used to mark rebated fuels, including the off-road diesel commonly known in the UK as ‘red diesel’, in a move that will boost both countries’ fight against illegal fuel laundering. The marker will help HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and the Irish Revenue Commissioners tackle the criminal market in off-road diesel, marked with a red dye in the UK and green in Ireland, and also kerosene primarily used for heating oil. Neil McDonnell commented, “FTA welcomes any effort such as this to tackle fuel laundering. The costs of fuel laundering to the exchequer, to fair competition, to the environment are simply too high, and are not being …

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