All Three Non Irish Nationals; our Irish Passports appear to be so easy to obtain it is like buying a bag of Chips. Yes? And Free Legal Aid too is provided to stand down the charges of getting passports by false pretenses?

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Three charged over €6m ‘ghost broker’ motor insurance policy fraud

 30th April 2021


Two businessmen and an art teacher have been charged over a €6million ‘ghost broker’ motor insurance policy fraud.a group of people looking at a cell phone© Provided by Extra.ie

Alexander Afanaschenko, 45, of Bewley Drive, Lucan, Mikhail Yegorov, 38, Charnwood Court, Clonsilla, and Elena Olenik, 44, Berryfield, Finnstown, Lucan, Dublin, were remanded on bail after appearing at Blanchardstown District Court yesterday.

It follows an investigation by the Garda Special Investigations Unit in Roads Policing Division based at Dublin Castle.a man talking on a cell phone: Alexander Afanaschenko, 45. Pic: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin© Provided by Extra.ie Alexander Afanaschenko, 45. Pic: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

In excess of 2,500 motor insurance policies, valued at €6million, were identified as having been fraudulently obtained from ten insurance companies, Judge Gerard Jones heard. The Director of Public Prosecutions directed trial on indictment in the Circuit Court.

The three defendants, who have not yet indicated how they will plead, were ordered to appear again in July to be served with books of evidence and returned for trial.

Garda George Thurlow told the court it was alleged Mr Afanaschenko was a director of a named company which operated as a ‘ghost broker’ from January 2013 until September 2018. He faced 210 charges: one count of fraudulent trading contrary to the Companies Act; 76 deception charges as well as 91 for money laundering offences and the rest were for using false documentation.a person wearing a suit and tie: Mikhail Yegorov, 38. Pic: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin© Provided by Extra.ie Mikhail Yegorov, 38. Pic: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Fraudulent documents were used to get policies with beneficial premiums, it was alleged.

Mr Afanaschenko, from Russia but who has lived in Ireland for 18 years, was the holder of Irish, Moldovan and Russian passports. There was no objection to bail.

Mikhail Yegorov was from Ukraine but identified as Irish and has lived here since 2014, the court heard. Garda Sergeant John Carey said Mr Yegorov was accused of 21 money-laundering offences by possessing proceeds of criminal conduct, and one charge of fraudulent trading of a ghost broker venture. It was alleged he worked with Mr Afanaschenko but the co-accused was more directly involved.a group of people looking at a laptop: Elena Olenik, 44. Pic: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin© Provided by Extra.ie Elena Olenik, 44. Pic: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

It was alleged they were paid to use false information, including fake licences and no-claims-bonus certs, to get genuine insurance policies with reduced premiums.

The court heard €180,000 allegedly went through a bank account in two years.

The two men had bail set with €5,000 lodgements and their legal aid applications were deferred.

Self-employed art teacher Elena Olenik, originally from Latvia, faces 15 money laundering charges and 20 counts of forgery, Garda Thurlow said. Her solicitor said she is on the Pandemic Unemployment Payment. Legal aid was granted.

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