Kildare in the News again, we had the Alleged Garda Leaks in relation to Phil Hogan, and Barry Cowen, now we have Serious Corruption, 2 people Arrested, and being Detained on Corruption Charges, the Intrigue Continues?

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Woman arrested in connection with alleged corrupt practices at KWETB

KildareNow reporter

KildareNow reporter

7 Sept 2020

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Gardaí have made another arrest in relation to alleged corrupt practises at the KWETB.

Gardaí attached to the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau (GNECB) arrested a woman, in her 30s, this morning.

Gardaí didn’t identify the statutory body but sources confirmed it’s the KWETB.

Gardaí said the arrest is part of an ongoing investigation into alleged corrupt practices at an office of a statutory body.

Today’s arrest operation was conducted as part of Operation Lakefront by detectives attached to the Anti-Corruption Unit, GNECB in Co Kildare and is the second arrest as part of this ongoing investigation.

The woman was arrested for offences contrary to the Prevention of Corruption Acts and was conveyed to Naas Garda Station where she is currently detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984.

Investigations are ongoing.

Last month, a man in his 50s arrested as part of the investigation was released without charge. 

A file on the matter will be sent to the DPP.

The man was questioned at Leixlip Garda Station after he was arrested on Thursday, August 6.

Woman (30s) is second person arrested as part of an investigation into alleged corrupt practices at a statutory body office

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September 07 2020 04:53 PM

A woman (30s) was arrested this morning as part of an investigation into alleged corrupt practises at a statutory body office.

She was arrested by Gardaí from the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau (GNECB), conducted as part of Operation Lakefront by detectives attached to the Anti-Corruption Unit in the GNECB in Co Kildare.

This is the second arrest made as part of this ongoing investigation.

She was arrested for offences contrary to the Prevention of Corruption Acts and was conveyed to Naas Garda Station where she is currently detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984.

Yesterday, a man (50s) was arrested as part of the investigation.

He was arrested for offences contrary to the Prevention of Corruption Acts and was conveyed to Leixlip Garda Station, where he is currently detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984.

According to a garda spokesperson, investigations are ongoing.

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FRAUD GARDAÍ INVESTIGATING irregularities at the Kildare and Wicklow Education Training Board (KWETB) suspect a group of people was involved in alleged corruption at the statutory body. 

Yesterday, gardaí arrested a woman in relation to corruption offences at KWETB, which is a statutory body that has responsibility for education and training, youth work and a range of other statutory functions.

This is the second arrest in relation to the probe after a man was arrested last month. 

The garda probe relates to allegations of widespread misappropriation of funds, including alleged overspends in certain areas of construction.  

The man arrested last month was not a direct employee of the KWETB. 

His was the first arrest in an investigation that has been ongoing for nearly two years. A file has been sent to the DPP to determine if criminal charges will be brought. 

The investigation is now gathering pace, according to sources familiar with the probe. There are a number of other people of interest in the investigation. 

More arrests are expected in the near future, another source added.

In February of last year, officers raided the KWETB campus where they seized documents as well as electronic devices, which sources have described as “key” to the garda investigation. 

The raids happened following the publication of an audit by the Comptroller and Auditor General on the financial statements of KWETB for the year-end 2015.

This report found serious irregularities at the board. 

The audit published by the State’s spending watchdog “identified concerns about procurement, project cost overruns and propriety matters”. 

It also found “expenditure by KWETB in 2015 at a five-star hotel and golf resort appears excessive, with no evidence of any attempts to achieve value for money for the service procured”.

Gardaí confirmed that a man arrested in relation to the probe has been released without charge and a file is being sent to the DPP.

The woman arrested yesterday is currently being questioned at Naas Garda Station where she can be held for up to 24 hours.

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