Solicitor and accountant charged over alleged €268k property registration fraud
April 27 2021 03:20 PM
A SOLICITOR and an accountant have appeared in court charged over an alleged €268,000 property registration fraud.
Herbert Kilcline (59) and Matthew Murphy (49) were both charged after false deeds for transferring ownership of two houses were allegedly submitted and money laundered.
They are both facing trial and Judge Treasa Kelly adjourned their cases at Dublin District Court for the preparation of books of evidence.
Mr Kilcline, a solicitor from Bessborough Parade, Rathmines is charged with eight offences related to two properties, while Mr Murphy, an accountant of The Hardwick, Brunswick Street, faces four charges in connection with one property.
Both men were arrested by detectives from the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau and brought before the court today.
Mr Murphy’s case was first to be called. Detective Sergeant Alan Egan said he made no reply to any of the charges at the Bridewell garda station.
Mr Murphy was not legally represented in court.
“I’ve never been in trouble ever, in my whole life,” he told the judge. “When I was charged this morning, I was told to pick a solicitor from a list. I don’t think I should be put in a position where I have to pick a solicitor from a list.”
The judge told him there were “plenty of solicitors” in court and he replied: “I don’t want to pick a solicitor I don’t know anything about.”
The judge said the charges were “significant” and the accused would need a solicitor.
“I will get a solicitor,” Mr Murphy said.
Detective Garda Ronan Farrelly said he arrested Mr Kilcline at his home at 7.45am today and brought him to the Bridewell station, where he replied to the final charge: “I am completely innocent of all charges and completely unaware of any improprieties.”
Mr Kicline’s solicitor Daniel Cahalane applied for free legal aid, saying Mr Kilcline was a part-time solicitor earning €300 per week and had a mortgage.
“He is in great financial difficulty and cannot afford legal representation, even at district court level,”
Det Gda Farrelly said he wanted time to consider this and asked the judge to deal with the legal aid application on the next court date.
There were no objections to bail.
Judge Kelly granted bail in each accused’s own bond of €500, with no cash lodgments required. Under conditions, they are to surrender their passports, not apply for any duplicates and not leave the jurisdiction. They are both to sign on weekly at garda stations.
The court heard the DPP had directed trial on indictment on all charges, and was also consenting to the accused being sent forward to the circuit court on a signed plea of guilty if this should arise.
The accused were remanded on bail to appear in court again on June 18.
Mr Kilcline is charged with two sets of four offences related to two properties at Phibsborough Road, Dublin 7 and St Mary’s Road, Dublin 4, between dates in September 2016 and June 2018.
The charges allege that he fraudulently procured the entry of two companies “as full owner with absolute title” to the properties, and used false conveyance documents.
He is charged with failing to keep records about procedures applied and information obtained in relation to customer companies, and failing to apply required measures in the identification and verification of the companies regarding their registration as owners of the properties.
The charges are under the Theft and Fraud, Money Laundering and Registration of Title Acts.
Mr Murphy is charged with money laundering offences between April 2017 and April 2018.
He is charged with failing to apply required measures regarding the identification and verification of a company regarding the transfer of €21,875 and €246,250.
Another charge alleges he failed to keep records on procedures and information in relation to a customer company. He is also charged with transferring or handling both sums, the proceeds of criminal conduct.