Male model who once featured in garda advert accused of having €1.2million in alleged crime proceeds
6 Sep 2019, 16:14
Updated: 6 Sep 2019, 23:09
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).
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.
Fred is baffled! We have a war in this country at the moment in relation to illegal drugs and Gangland. In the last three days alone we have had two shootings in Lucan and Darndale yesterday evening. Both people are in a critical condition in different hospitals. We have the feud in Drogheda and in Longford and if the truth be known, we probably have feuds all over the country which are not being reported on – not forgetting Sligo. Now, we have above – a Garda male model or may I say a part-time male model, who looks the part. He is unemployed at present and yet he was handling hundreds of thousands of euros in different bank accounts in this city. We have to point out for legal reasons that it is only allegations until a court verdict is reached. At present he has been charged before Judge Michael Walsh and he has to adhere to strict bail conditions.
What baffles me about this country is that at the moment we have a crisis in our nursing homes and what jumps to mind now is THE FAIR DEAL. This is where elderly people literally have to put on the table all their bank accounts, their income, their assets and every scent they own, including their property and where it came from. All this is done as demanded by State (HSE) for elderly vulnerable people to get a bed in a nursing home in the winter years of their lives. It means that their loved ones might not receive any money after their death, yet the same elderly people paid their taxes all their lives and abided by the law of the land and helped the Irish economy grow.
For all of this, they get really nothing but contempt at the end of the day. In some cases, in the farming community, there is a rising anger because some siblings are saying they have to sell part of their farms to make sure their parents are eligible for the fair deal scheme. I say to Charlie Flanagan today and this Government as a whole, it is mind boggling, astonishing and unbelievable that you have no problem monitoring the monies of our elderly and vulnerable to benefit the coffers of the State not forgetting the private nursing home profiteers who are making millions on the backs of vulnerable.
Then let’s walk across the legal avenue or may I say the criminal road and we have well-known people who don’t work or may I say never worked a day in their lives, driving around in top of the range flash cars sporting Rolex watches and Prada handbags with foreign holidays seven times a year while our keystone cops are not capable of gathering evidence to do a clean sweep and freeze their assets. Yes, people will tell me that the Criminal Assets Bureau are doing a decent job but if you really get down to the forensics of the finances that come from crime and drugs in this country, the CAB are just seizing and freezing lose change because the criminals have a free main road in laundering their money through so many sources, our cops are unable to keep up with these well organised criminal operations. It is not rocket science to figure out that Christy Kinahan is worth in the region of £500 million.
Now we have Interpol, the Spanish police and our own cops and surely it is not impossible to take in well trained forensic accountants to test the waters and then freeze his assets. As I said before, Follow the Money, find the trail and then move to the sources. Today yes I am questioning if this Government has the balls to tackle organised crime and more importantly those in their designers suits and offices who launder their money. To conclude: I doubt if the above male model will be advertising pink socks at the next Fine Gael Ard Fheis. Fred