Garda Male Model up on alleged money laundering charges of £1.2 million of alleged crime proceeds.

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Male model who once featured in garda advert accused of having €1.2million in alleged crime proceeds

A MALE model who once featured in a Garda advert is to stand trial on money laundering charges and accused of having €1.2m in alleged crime proceeds.

Mark Andrew Adams, 39, with an address at Castleheath, Malahide, Dublin was arrested this morning and charged with four offences under the Criminal Justice (Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Act).

 Mark Andrew Adams appeared in court today

Mark Andrew Adams appeared in court todayCredit: Collins Photo Agency
 The Criminal Courts of Justice in Dublin

The Criminal Courts of Justice in DublinCredit: PA:Press Association

The lone parent, who once appeared in a Garda drink-drive awareness campaign, appeared before Judge Michael Walsh at Dublin District Court this afternoon.

Bail was set at €11,000 and he must abide by strict conditions, Judge Walsh ordered, adding that he faced “particularly serious charges”.

It is alleged he had in his possession various sums which are alleged to have been proceeds of criminal conduct, amounting to approximately €1,186900, over a five-year period.

It was alleged he had €582,045 on September 11, 2015, at Dublin Airport.

He faces another charge that from January 13, 2014 to August 18, 2018 at Bank of Ireland, Dublin Airport, he handled or transferred €227,136 in proceeds.

It is alleged from January 16 to July 23, 2018 at Bank of Ireland, Credit Card centre, Mayor Street Lower, in the IFSC in Dublin, he had €78,990 in his possession; and that from January 1, 2013 to March 28, 2017 Permanent TSB, Malahide he handled €298,280, allegedly proceeds of criminal conduct.

Currently unemployed Mr Adams, who was dressed in a blue suit, has not yet indicated how he will plead, and he remained silent during the hearing.

His court appearance follows and investigation by the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau.


Detective Garda Tom Victory told Judge Michael Walsh the accused was arrested at Chancery Street in Dublin city centre this morning. He was brought to the Bridewell Garda station.

He had nothing to say in reply to the charges, Detective Garda Victory said.

He received directions from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) to proceed and there was consent to Mr Adams being returned for trial for the offences as charged, he said.

The case is to go before the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, the judge noted.

There was also consent to the accused being sent forward for sentencing on a signed plea should that arise.


Defence solicitor Danny Nolan told the court his client was applying for bail and the judge noted there was no Garda objection subject to a number of conditions being imposed.

Detective Garda Victory said the accused’s passport was out of date since April and he was aware Mr Adams also had an EU travel card valid until 2021.

He asked that both would be surrendered as part of the bail terms.

The solicitor said Mr Adams had already surrendered his passport to gardai and the travel card was in his sister-in-law’s possession, but it would be handed over to gardai

Bail was set in his own bond of €1,000 cash and the judge required approval of an independent surety, in the sum of €10,000, of which half must be lodged in court.

Judge Walsh ordered the accused to reside at his current address with his mother and to sign on three days a week at Malahide station.

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